Sterling's Treble Helps City Smack Down West Ham
The Premiership's new entries this season had a hard opening week.
Dudes were drawn to debut against the league's reigning powers:
- Norwich City got bopped by Arsenal,
- Aston Villa fell to a late-brewing HarryKane, and now,
- West Ham United gets waxed by defending champion Manchester City.
We'll surely see lotsa that this season.
Impressively for the home side, that's all the Citizens got in the first 45.
But then the dam broke.
Two minutes later, VAR proved to be crucial in denying City's third through Jesus after a pass from Sterling.
The English international was slightly offside.
City's elusive third thus came on 75 minutes when Sterling found himself face-to-face against Fabiański and looped over West Ham's 'keeper.
In the 83rd, Issa Diop fouled Mahrez inside the box compelling the referee to point to the spot. Substitute Sergio Agüero was the taker, but Fabiański denied him. However, VAR made its presenced known a second time, showing Declan Rice's encroachment.
The Argentine didn't disappoint on his reprieve:
Sterling completed his hat trick in the 91st minute, being assisted by Mahrez:
Thus, the Sky Blues have jumped out to a decent lead in the goal-difference column.
Their next task is to see if that can stand up against Tottenham in an early-season clash of Premiership titans.