As usual Manchester City dominated the game from the beginning of the first half. But the ball is more dominated in midfield.
The first threat was actually presented by Manuel Lanzini when he broke through the forbidden box in the 8th minute. Rodri seemed to stop his movement, but the VAR gave referee Mike Dean more views to annul his decision.
The Citizen seemed stung by this and threatened through Riyad Mahrez and David Silva. But his second attempt in the middle of the first half failed to meet the target.
Manchester City who continued to press finally reaped the sweet results when a combination of Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker through the forbidden box. Last name cross successfully completed by Gabriel Jesus in the 25th minute.
West Ham managed to suppress the defense of the defending champion. But Zinchenko appeared in top form to close every gap including the right tackle that stopped Declan Rice’s movement in the forbidden box.
Fierce competition in midfield reduced Manchester City’s dominance, but their counterattacks remained dangerous. But Fabian Balbuena and his friends managed to read every move of the opponent before reaching the penalty box. Score 1-0 closed the first half.
West Ham: Lukasz Fabinaski, Aaron Cresswell, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio, Declan Rice, Sebastian Haller
Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Oleksander Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez