Raheem Sterling scored a 97th minute winner and got sent off 60 seconds later as the Blues snatched their most dramatic three points of the season so far. Here are the ratings from this unforgettable clash on the coast:
Ederson – 6.5
Brilliant point blank save in the first half to deny Defoe at 1-0. Other than that he had very little to do bar watch Charlie Daniels’ screamer fly past him and Josh King’s drive hit the post.
Danilo – 7
Despite a nervous looking start, his intent was soon known and eventually proved himself a more than capable replacement for Kyle Walker. Forced a save from Asmir Begovic and looked to link up play going forward whenever possible. The former Porto man’s delivery into the box also cannot be faulted. Constantly going forward, the reward for persistence was an assist for Sterling’s dramatic winner.
Vincent Kompany – 6
Composed, collected – you expect nothing less of the Belgian by now. Other than a cheeky wrestle with Defoe and some occasional rough defending, it was a typical showing from the Captain. A moment highlighting this being when Mendy lofted a pass to him inside the area with Defoe lurking very closely, Vinnie simply took the ball down easily and swept it out to Danilo – despite the pressure.
Nicolas Otamendi – 5
More of the same from everyone’s favourite rough tackling Argentinian (well, second favourite): exemplary on the front foot, unsure on the back. Was often caught out of position when Bournemouth had the momentum early on but was a catalyst of build up play when things started to calm down. Couldn’t convert a great chance in the second half, heading a swung-in delivery from a corner against the post.
Benjamin Mendy – 7
Struggled to contain Adam Smith at times, but got forward and whipped in a few excellent crosses out of the many ambitious attempts; including an exemplary one to Jesus in the first half who should’ve scored.
Fernandinho – 6
Broke up play and caused some problems going forward at times, forcing a save from the Bournemouth keeper after a neat back-heeled interchange with Gabriel Jesus mid-way through the first period. And again in the second half, side stepping before driving a low shot into Begovic’s mid-drift.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Glimpses of his real quality shone through in his last brief cameo at home to Everton, and we saw flashes of his ability today, just not enough to make that much of an impact despite some tidy link-ups with De Bruyne and David at times.
David Silva – 6.5
Executed a superb defence splitting ball to find Jesus for the equaliser. Other than that, it was an average afternoon for David. Made the team tick with his retention of the ball but threatened mildly.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5
The Belgian was at the forefront of City’s efforts for a winner, yet made little impact in terms of actually finding breakthroughs. Nevertheless, his efforts to take the game by the scruff of the neck hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Despite having a massive impact off the bench last time out against Everton, the 22-year-old could not repeat those heroics on the South Coast until very late on as his tepid attempts of breaking down Bournemouth’s defence were, more often than not, foiled. Thereafter, madness ensued in the 97th minute where he bundled home the winner in what was a frantic end to an otherwise sub-par performance overall. Harshly sent off for a justified celebration.
Gabriel Jesus – 8 (Man of the Match)
Football intelligence was Jesus’ main strength in a credible showing on the south coast. Linking up play with clever little touches throughout the 90 minutes, even though it was to little avail. Displayed strength in wrestling for his equalising goal after taking a quick free kick to Silva who supplied him.
Sergio Aguero – 5
Expected more threat from Sergio when I saw his number on the stoppage board, but unfortunately the sum of his killer instinct was a low drive straight at Begovic.
Leroy Sané – 5
Came on too late to make a real impact, no real standout moments of skill in that time either.
John Stones – N/A
A late sub during the absolute madness of added time.