Kelechi Iheanacho made a late appearance for Manchester City on Saturday as they churned out a 4-1 away win over Stoke City in the week...
Kelechi Iheanacho made a late appearance for Manchester City on Saturday as they churned out a 4-1 away win over Stoke City in the weekend’s early kickoff.
The 19-year old Nigerian gave City Coach Pep Guardiola plenty to cheer as he showed great maturity in helping the Citizens claim all three points with calm assist to summer signing Nolito who nailed the Potters’ coffin as it were with two late goals.
Sergio Aguero who continued his goal-scoring spree in the Guardiola era had hit a first-half brace but Iheanacho’s introduction ensured that there was no late drama for the hosts to get back into the game as the youngster provided useful contributions.
The game’s first half-chance arrived in the seventh minute when Aguero drove into the Potters box before attempting to pick out a cross into Raheem Sterling, but the weight of the pass was too strong for the Englishman.
Twenty minutes later, Man City were handed a penalty when Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross pulled Otamendi’s shirt inside the box during a corner and Aguero stepped forward to send his spot kick past Given for the game’s first goal.
Man City’s second came moments later as Aguero headed a De Bruyne free kick past Given for 2-0 in the 36th minute.
Stoke were however awarded a penalty early in the second period when Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have held Shawcross inside the box.
It was Bojan that stepped forward for the Potters and the former Barcelona youngster made no mistake from the spot to make it a 2-1 at the newly-named Bet365 Stadium.
Indeed, the goal boosted Stoke as they pressed forward for a possible equaliser.
Iheanacho was introduced for Man City in the 83rd minute as Guardiola looked to take advantage of the end-to-end nature of the contest.
The Citizens made sure of the points in the 86th minute when Iheanacho, having passed up the chance to score himself after taking the ball too wide of Given, delivered a low cross into Nolito and the Spanish international fired home for his first Premier League goal since arriving from Celta Vigo.
Guardiola’s side were not finished, however, and made it four in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Sterling raced through into a one-on-one after getting a dummy pass from Iheanacho before setting up Nolito, who tapped home for his second after coming off the bench.
Having ticked the right boxes with Stoke, Man City will hope to complete the job as they host Steaua Bucuresti in the second leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday ahead of a home game against West Ham United in the league next Sunday afternoon.
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