Man City thrashes Bournemouth 4-0 for 5th straight EPL win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) —
An 86th-minute red card to Nolito, for motioning a head-butt on
Having also won three games in the Champions League, City has opened the season with eight victories for the first time in its 136-year history.
De Bruyne was the inspiration behind City's 2-1 win at
The Belgium midfielder's goal came via a cheeky free kick, shooting underneath a jumping wall in the 15th minute to get City rolling.
But De Bruyne's moment of the match came in the 66th when he found more space and threaded a perfect angled through-ball to Gundogan, who ran into the area to meet the pass with a low finish that outfoxed goalkeeper
No wonder De Bruyne was afforded a standing ovation by City fans when he was substituted late on.
In between those strikes, young forwards Iheanacho and Sterling set each other up for goals on the counter-attack as Bournemouth paid for its mistakes.
The 19-year-old Iheanacho, filling in for the suspended
Iheanacho returned the favor to Sterling in the 48th—and again the catalyst for the flowing move was De Bruyne, who slipped another pass through to the striker. Instead of shooting, Iheanacho cut the ball back for Sterling to bundle home his finish.
Aguero will be back for City's next league game but Nolito faces three matches out after his red card, which came after Smith ran onto him off the ball. The pair went forehead to forehead, and Nolito made an aggressive forward motion that got the referee's attention.
It was the first clean sheet in the league under Guardiola and City has started a second successive league campaign with five wins in a row.