Net – 5

A bad evening for the captain, though he was largely without blame. He fended off Phil Foden’s effort before a scuffle led to the first goal. He, too, was unable to keep second and third away, while fourth was due to an ugly misdirection.

Adam Smith (in 59 minutes) – 5

Another challenging afternoon against a team that enjoyed the movement on both channels. However, he did see a powerful header over the crossbar. He could not go on, but sought to feed Dango Ouattara when he could.

Chris Mepham-5

Called aside and snapped into a back five. He was cast in an interesting role that saw him go out between the lines to hunt down Ilkay Gundogan. There was a costly lapse that allowed City to score his second, and then he went through his own net.

Jack Stephens-6

Solid again despite the shape of the marker. He did a decent job of holding his own. A sliding interception prevented Erling Haaland from breaking in from behind, and he earned several headers as City turned up the pressure.

Marcos Senesi – 5

Poor. He allowed Phil Foden to stay on for the first goal, but it’s true that he wasn’t entirely to blame for the first goal. Dragged out of position on several occasions. A sloppy pitch summed up his outing.

Jordan Zemura – 6

Brilliant in attack, poor in defense. He allowed Foden to move to the side of goal too easily in the run up to the first two goals. However, he delivered promising crosses in the first half, but both went to waste. He looked to take advanced positions after turnovers.

Philip Billing (out 59 min) – 5

A shock pass released Foden for City’s third goal. He tested Ederson once with a low shot, but he got a bit of a turn around in midfield. Unable to face on high or stem the tide of the city.

Jefferson Lerma – 7

Brilliant shot for the consolation goal. He faced challenges around the edge of the hosts’ box and worked hard. He was swept away in some messy passages of play by the home side, but it was great when he tried to play forward. A difficult task to keep the fort.

Dango Ouattara – 6

A willing broker through the right channel, but his final product was missing. He made a good shot to the far post in the first half, but Ederson’s firm handling prevented him from an easy finish. Booked for an ugly tackle on Jack Grealish.

Hamed Traore (outside 75 min) – 6

Perhaps Bournemouth’s brightest player. He looked to create under pressure, with City closing off any space he could squeeze into. He also carried out his defensive duties diligently. A classy performer.

Sunday Solanke – 6

As always, a lot of desire for the press. He had a penalty appeal rejected, but was largely unserved.


Ryan Fredericks (in 59min) – 6

He replaced Adam Smith and tried to get in front.

Joe Rothwell (in 59min) – 6

Organized in the center of the field.

Jaidon Anthony (in 75min) – 7

Paired perfectly with Jordan Zemura before Jefferson Lerma scored. A good cameo.



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