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Manchester City 4 – 1 West Ham United
Wed 17 Jul 2019
Goalscorers: Silva 31′, Nmecha 33′, Sterling 59′, 72′
City looked fresh and full of vim and vigour despite the humidity and the fact this was the first game of pre-season.
As ever, David Silva pulled the strings in a side that was a mixture of youth and experience
West Ham fielded a strong XI and caused plenty of problems, with Felipe Anderson a constant menace on the right flank.
And it was Anderson’s trickery that felled Angelino in the box, and he was unfortunate to drag the ball with his arm as he lay on the turf.
Noble scored from the spot, but the Blues hit back and hit hard, with Silva levelling and Nmecha stroking the ball home from the spot.
Ben Johnson had legitimate claims for a second penalty shortly after but referee Craig Pawson felt otherwise.
The Blues brought on more first-team experience after the break and two of them combined superbly to put the game out of West Ham’s reach.
As the ball came to Leroy Sane, the German winger sliced the Hammers’ defence apart with a sumptuous through pass that Sterling raced on to and calmly placed it past Roberto.
City added a fourth on 72 when De Bruyne charged down a West Ham clearance, Sane collected the loose ball before finding De Bruyne who passed it on to Sterling who made no mistake from close range.
There could have been more goals, but as a first outing of the summer, this was impressive stuff.
Wolves 0 – 0
Sat 20 Jul 2019
City should have been ahead after 20 minutes. Leroy Sane was brought down inside the box by Adama Traore after showing an excellent turn of pace to get clear, but Raheem Sterling blazed the resulting spot kick over the crossbar.
Neat interplay spoon after between Sterling and De Bruyne saw Sane set free, but he flashed his effort wide of the far post.
Sterling should probably have done much better with an attempt from point=blank range moments later, but he failed to make decent contact after good work by Danilo down the right.
Wolves improved after the break, with Diogo Jota and Joao Moutinho both going close, but side began to tire as the heat in Shanghai increased as the evening progressed.
City’s best effort of the second period saw David Silva’s magnificent curling free-kick clawed away superbly by Rui Patricio with the ball heading for the top corner.
The shoot-out saw City miss three times – Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha all failing to convert, and it was Wolves who take the trophy back to England.
Kitchee FC 1 – 6
Wed 24 Jul 2019
Goalscorers: Silva 13′, Sané 40′, 55′, Sterling 43′, Zoubdi Touaizi 80′, Pozo La Rosa 88′
City were much sharper than in our two previous tour matches, moving the ball quickly in the early stages, despite the heat and humidity inside the Hong Kong Stadium.
Sterling hit the bar with a first-time effort from close range, moments before Kevin De Bruyne‘s 25-yard free-kick was pushed around the post by Kitchee ‘keeper Guo Jianqiao.
It was constant City pressure and we were soon ahead.
A beautifully constructed move saw Sterling find Silva inside the area, and the Spaniard produced an impudent chip over Jianqiao. His second goal of the tour and both have showcased his undying quality.
Then it was the other Silva’s turn, as Bernardo had a hat-trick of chances in quick succession.
The first was parried wide by Jianqiao, the second saw him blast over the bar from a good position and his third was hacked off the line with the ‘keeper beaten.
Further goals were inevitable and Sane doubled our lead with a powerful low drive before Sterling made it 3-0 with a bending effort into the far corner to put us in a commanding position at the break.
Kitchee almost scored soon after the restart but Manuel Rodriguez’s chip landed on the roof of the net.
Normal order was soon restored, though.
De Bruyne’s effort was saved – but Peng could only parry it to Sane. He checked back and finished with aplomb. 4-0 and no sign of City easing up.
A raft of substitutions saw the visitors lose some rhythm, but our control of the game never dipped.
Touaizi, on in the second half, made it 5-0 with a superb finish from 18 yards out, before Tommy Doyle’s strike from distance was palmed away brilliantly as it veered towards the top corner.
The scoring wasn’t complete, however.
A counter-attack saw the hosts grab a consolation with a close range finish before Pozo reacted quickest to tap home from six-yards after the ‘keeper pushed Bernabe’s effort into his path.
Yokohama 1 – 3
Sat 27 Jul 2019
Goalscorers: De Bruyne 18’, Sterling 41’, Nmecha 87’
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring with a rasping left-footed finish after fine work from Bernardo Silva, who was excellent throughout.
Guardiola warned of Yokohama’s quality at his pre-match press conference and they were soon level, Keita Endo tapping home from close range after a fine double save from Claudio Bravo.
Leroy Sane fired over from a good position after one of his trademark mazy runs, before Bernardo curled one inches wide after the ball was squared to him on the edge of the area.
A second City goal felt inevitable and it arrived five minutes before half time. De Bruyne produced a beautifully weighted pass that took out three Yokohama defenders and put Sterling clean through on goal, and the forward finished in typically calm fashion.
The second half was just as entertaining, with both team continuing to play an open, attractive style. Sterling thought he’d extended City’s lead when he fired into the roof of the net, but Kyle Walker was adjudged to be offside.
Bravo’s one-handed save low down to his right from Otsu kept City ahead as Yokohama went in search of an equaliser, but our dominance was underlined when substitute Lukas Nmecha finished from close range.