MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -Manchester Metropolis captain Ilkay Gundogan struck within the midst of a first-half snowstorm earlier than a late objective from substitute Fernandinho proved sufficient to safe a 2-1 dwelling victory over West Ham United within the Premier League on Sunday.
The win lifts Metropolis again as much as second place and stage on 29 factors with leaders Chelsea, who host Manchester United within the late recreation. West Ham, who snatched an added-time comfort with an excellent Manuel Lanzini strike, keep fourth on 23 factors.
“It was a really tough day due to the climate situations however it’s at all times tough in opposition to this workforce,” Metropolis midfielder Rodri informed the BBC.
“We had been fortunate to get this primary objective as a result of within the first half we could not play a lot. Within the second we dominated and will have scored extra.”
With thick snow falling for a lot of the opening half, Metropolis’s Riyadh Mahrez had the ball within the web within the sixteenth minute after an excellent end however his effort was dominated out for offside.
Metropolis took the lead within the thirty third minute when Mahrez drove the ball throughout the objective and Gundogan was readily available to steer it dwelling.
That marked the start of a spell of heavy stress from the hosts and so they may have gone 2-0 up 4 minutes later however Gabriel Jesus’s shot was cleared off the road by Ben Johnson.
Halftime noticed the snowstorm abate and a military of groundstaff cleared the pitch. West Ham then had one other let-off when Aaron Cresswell made a goal-line clearance as Metropolis dominated.
It took the house aspect till the ninetieth minute to attain once more, nonetheless, as Jesus teed up fellow Brazilian Fernandinho to web three minutes after he got here off the bench.
Having seen little to heat them up throughout the recreation, the West Ham followers lastly had one thing to have a good time when Lanzini gained the ball on the sting of the realm and despatched an unstoppable shot into the highest proper nook with the ultimate kick of the sport.
Metropolis coach Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the groundstaff on the stadium earlier than praising the efficiency of his gamers, who had a troublesome Champions League recreation in opposition to visiting Paris Saint Germain which they gained 2-1 in midweek.
“Shocked with the quantity of probabilities we created in opposition to them. We created just a few. The primary half was nearly not possible to play. The sport in opposition to PSG was so demanding and the workforce gave a superb efficiency,” he informed the BBC.
“The possibilities we created … it may have been three or 4,” he added.
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)