Man City: Pep’s Merry Men Go Second After Hard-Fought Win At Bournemouth (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

13th, February 2017

Manchester City moved to within eight points of league leaders Chelsea on Monday night, courtesy of a hard-fought win away to Bournemouth.

Pep Guardiola once again favoured Gabriel Jesus over Sergio Aguero, who was left on the bench once again.

However, within 14 minutes Jesus was forced off with an injury (stigmata?), with the Argentinian replacing him.

It took until the half-hour mark for the deadlock to be broken, with Raheem Sterling firing past Artur Boruc not long after the attacker had been superbly foiled by the Bournemouth ‘keeper.

The Cherries almost went level soon after, only for Josh King’s effort to be ruled out for a foul on John Stones in the build-up.

Eddie Howe’s plans were dealt a couple of heavy blows in the first-half, with both Jack Wilshere and Simon Francis forced off with injuries.

After the break, the hosts pushed for the equaliser, with Harry Arter forcing Willy Caballero into a good save.

However, it was City who would get the second and final goal of the game on 69 minutes, with Tyrone Mings scored an own-goal while under pressure from Aguero.

The Citizens almost made it 3-0 late on, with Leroy Sané hitting the frame of the Cherries’ goal.

The game would end in victory for Guardiola’s side, who go second in the table, eight points behind Chelsea. Can they still challenge the Blues for the title?

As for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, they find themselves 14th, just six points above the drop-zone.

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