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Stoke City - Manchester City
Premier League - 13 March 2018
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That's it. Full time. Manchester City go 16 points clear and Stoke sit in 19th. An easy victory for the home side.
There are five minutes of added time for Stoke to hit three goals.
- OffGabriel JesusManchester City
- OnIlkay GündoganManchester City
Gundogan for Jesus.
- OffGeoff CameronStoke City
- OnRamadan SobhiStoke City
Here comes Ramadan for the last minutes.
Both sides appear content to leave it at 2-0 and get home without any injuries.
- OffRaheem SterlingManchester City
- OnBernardo SilvaManchester City
Bernardo on for Sterling.
Silva advances on goal, spinning in the box as others around him draw defenders away, and he slices a shot wide of the far top corner.
Jesus lashes a volley wide of the near post.
Otamendi has jogged off with a bandaged head. That has left a sour taste in Stoke's mouth. A drop-ball takes place, and City rush forward from it, the ball worked to Sterling to burst through the middle. It's not really clear if City were cynical, or just disagreeing with Stoke, but Stoke are seriously hacked off.
Otamendi and a Stoke player are down in the box after a clash of heads. Before that, Sane's powerful shot was beaten away by Butland.
Sterling jinks into the box, sells his defender a dummy - I think it was Stafylidis - and he almost gets a penalty when the defender brushes his arm against it.
Crouch is flagged offside after chasing a long ball. Crouch probably should have been on from the start given the only occasional problems the City defece have had is from long balls tonight.
There's nothing happening now. The game has been reduced to the occasional foul and not much else.
- OffJeséStoke City
- OnPeter CrouchStoke City
Crouch on, Shaqiri off.
City have Stoke pinned back in their half now, and they must just want to get home and to bed now
City have a corner on the left wing. De Bruyne takes, it's worked to Sane on the edge of the box, and he curls a left footed shot wide of goal.
Fernandinho hits the side-netting after being slipped in by De Bruyne.
City are in total control, and their fans are finally being heard in the stadium.
- GoalDavid SilvaManchester City
GOAL! Stoke City 0-2 Manchester City. Silva scores - Sterling flicks the ball to Silva, 30ish yards from goal. He flicks it into the box for Jesus, who turns it back to Silva for a simple finish to double the lead.
Bauer holds up Sane as it looks like he is set to break into the box. City keep hold of it until Badou tackles De Bruyne on the right. Corner for City.
HUGE NEWS. Mauricio Pellegrino is gone at Southampton.
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Half time. See you all in 15 minutes.
There will be a minute's added time.
De Bruyne lashes out with his left arm at Bauer, who is happy to stay upright, and it seems unlikely the ref will do anything about it. It's getting a tad testy.
Sane gets too much of his toes on a volley from a tight angle, and drags it wide of the far post.
Silva toes a pass back out of the box for Fernandinho, and he lashes a low shot at the corner for Butland to beat away.
Five minutes of normal time remaining, and Stoke are still in with a shot of a point for now. Another goal should finish them off, but this game is much more important to Stoke than it is to Man City.
Butland hoofs a long ball that Choupo-Moting reaches, Kompany sticks a leg out to take it away from him, and has Ederson scrambling back to tip it behind for a corner.
City just aren't letting go of the ball. It's tedious to watch, in many ways, but you can't deny how effective it is.
Free kick for City on the right wing. De Bruyne takes, it comes to Jesus and Otamendi should attack it, but they can't quite reach it.
Butland rushes out to reach a loose backpass that is inches from De Bruyne, and he gets there first. He hobbles away.
Jese brings down a pass from Shaqiri, floated into the box, but he turns to cross and sends his effort behind.
Shaqiri and Zinchenko come together after the defender pointlessly barges into him on the touchline. It's calmed down pretty quickly when the ref has a word with Zinchenko.
Hurrey has a point.
Stoke scramble a cross clear, it comes out to Fernandinho, and he blasts it miles high and wide.
Jesus is clattered by Butland as he stops him in a one-on-one, but he'd already been flagged offside and the whole whirligig is about to restart.
Shaqiri robs Zinchenko, then has another chance to attack him by dinking the ball around him before pulling it back for Badou on the edge of the box. His effort is tipped just wide for a corner.
City are just keeping the ball around the back now. They don't need to rush anything, and will be wearing their opponents down already.
Sterling goes down in the box, I think with Geoff Cameron brushing behind him. He wants a penalty, but it's not too convincing and his reputation of being a diver, and his habit of being a diver, probably didn't help.
Sterling runs with the ball, collecting a knockdown on the edge of the box, but he overruns it and Stoke have a goal kick.
Bauer runs across to the left to put the ball out of play. It's worked to Silva, but his cross from the byline goes behind for a goal kick.
- GoalDavid SilvaManchester City
GOAL! Stoke City 0-1 Manchester City. Silva scores - Sterling is released down the right, behind the defence, and he squares a cross for Silva to sidefoot past Butland.
Joe Allen intercepts a Sane pass and finds Jese to the left. He attempts to break, but Walker is across to put it out of play.
A dinked free kick into the box is cleared by Stoke, and Sane has to use his pace to get there first, and play the ball back to Ederson.
Stoke are happy to sit back. A point would be enough, and a surprise, to keep them in contention of staying up, given how tight the league is from seventh down.
City attack down the right with Walker, but then keep possession with quick passing to nowhere in particular.
Manchester City are in charge of the ball. You're shocked, I know, I can tell.
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The match gets underway.
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If Stoke absolutely smash City tonight, they could go 16th, above Manchester City. Do you fancy a Choup-Moting hat-trick?
Pep Guardiola will be the centre of attention as he will reveal if he is to continue wearing his yellow ribbon in support of those suffering human rights abuse in Abu Dhabi.
Should Manchester City win they will go 16 points clear.
Stoke City do their usual, which is to say: it's a pretty prosaic line-up that isn't going to entertain. Geoff Cameron is there, doing his usual of being like James Milner only less so. Manchester City are heavy favourites.
Raheem Sterling is back for Manchester City, though Sergio is out. Gabriel Jesus is picked to lead the line, and Yaya Toure gets to make an appearance on the bench. The weak link is Vincent Kompany, but even he is pretty solid at the moment.
The big news of the day, obviously, is the hoo-ha over Jamie Carragher gobbing at people.
TEAMS: Stoke City: Butland; Bauer, Zouma, M. Indi, Stafylidis; Badou, Cameron, Allen; Shaqiri, Jese, Choupo-Moting. Subs: Haugaard, Adam, Johnson, Shawcross, Fletcher, Crouch, Ramadan. /// Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Jesus. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Gundogan, Laporte, Bernardo, Yaya Toure
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