IF you are going to get sent off, it might as well be deep in injury time having just scored the winning goal – and for ecstatically celebrating with your travelling fans.
And while City star Raheem Sterling hardly had the greatest of games, for two matches running now he has rescued the Blues.
Sterling was the hero again as the Blues secured a crucial, last-gasp win against what appeared to be, at times, the 12 men of Bournemouth.
How it got to the dying moments was beyond belief – the Cherries should have been down to nine men by that point, while City failed to make the most of their technical superiority and territorial domination.
That was until Sterling sniffed a chance in the box and his shot deflected and looped into the far corner, sending the fans into delirium.
Sterling raced over to celebrate with the travelling fans, who spilled onto the pitch, and he promptly received a second booking which saw him march down the tunnel before the final whistle.
It was ironic that he should be the man to walk after Mike Dean missed two of the most blatant red card offences you will see
He even acknowledged that he had seen the first – Nathan Ake’s trip which stopped Gabriel Jesus from being through on goal – by brandishing a yellow. ●●
The second was a And it was Jesus who wicked lunge on Jesus by got them back in it, with Steve Cook, part of what the help of David Silva, seemed a premeditated providing the best plan by the Cherries to moment of quality in the rough up a team against game. whom they Jesus quickly took a have never secured a Prefree-kick to Silva and then mier League point. dashed off to give the mid
Those fans were furious, fielder a difficult option. specially at Cook’s studsMore alert than anyone up special, right in front of else on the pitch, Silva them, so their delight at spotted the run and with Sterling’s just winner was delicate precision slid it all the more sweet. . through to the Brazilian,
The Blues had gone who kept his balance behind to a screamer of a under Ake’s challenge to goal from Charlie Daniels, finish. a gorgeous half-volley City were much the which flashed in off the better team after that, bar, Danilo wisely staying although Josh King hit the out of its way. post, as did Nicolas Otamendi with a header from a corner.
But they could not find a way through, trying to link play through the massed defence, without the power option possessed by other title contenders.
That makes them great to watch – and Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy will clearly add to that attractiveness – but maybe detracts from their title credentials.
But when your team has just won late in the game, against a team aided by terrible reffing, such trivia hardly matters! free ROYAL LONDON ODI
An ecstatic Raheem Sterling celebrates his winning goal