Football Features

Gundogoal makes a crucial return as Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 at a snow-swept Etihad

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 16:23, 28 November 2021


Ilkay Gundogan scored as Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 to go second in the Premier League table.

The strike came in a snow-swept stadium as the first half was rocked by almost blizzard conditions. Just beyond the half-hour mark, amid the snow-covered grass, Gundogan appeared at the back-post to tap home and cap off a delightful team move.

Fernandinho made it 2-0 in the 90th minute, putting the result beyond all doubt, and Manuel Lanzini scored a stunning consolation effort with the literal last kick of the game. But Gundogan was the man who delivered for City when they needed it most.

The goal was his 3rd of the season, leaving him well off the pace he set last year when he was City’s top scorer with 17, including a massive 13 in the Premier League. However as much as his goalscoring has dropped off, his influence remains massive.

Gundogan led City out today, wearing the rainbow laces captain’s armband he took control in midfield and, along with Rodri and Joao Cancelo, was chiefly responsible for City’s masterful control of the ball and the match-state too.


18+ only. New members only. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Full T&Cs apply. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org.

18+ only • Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager the bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&C’s apply • BeGambleAware

Bet £10, Get £20 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+ only. New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org. Full terms apply.

18+ only. New UK customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+ only. New customers only. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
£20 in Free Bets when you place a £5 bet T&Cs apply

18+ only. New customers only. First single & e/w bet only. Odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions and further T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here

In brutal conditions, Gundogan linked midfield and attack supremely. While Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker and Rodri kept the ball ticking over it was Gundogan who made sure City weren’t just pinging the ball around safe areas, allowing West Ham to defend without expending any effort. That’s the key thing with Guardiola’s sides: passing with ambition so even your possession makes the defence work.

Gundogan had 81 touches, completing an incredible 56/58 passes (97% accuracy). He created a game-high 4 chances, including setting up Fernandinho’s game-winner by getting the deftest of touches of Gabriel Jesus’ cutback.

But it was the goal in the first half that so made the difference, with Gundogan appearing at the back-post to finish a move that began near the half-way line as Joao Cancelo launched a gorgeous switch of play to find Riyad Mahrez who had vacated his central striking position to drift out wide on the right. The Algerian took the ball and slid it across a snow-covered box and there was Gundogan, tapping it home.

For his efforts, captain on the day Gundogan was awarded man of the match. And while all the drama at the end of the game will overshadow how key he was to City’s display, anyone who watched City so calmly and casually dominate the game through a blizzard will know how massive Gundogan was. And now the question becomes: can he re-find his goalscoring form?

Because if he can… City become a much more terrifying prospect.

 

✕︎

Sign up to the Best Football Offers

A valid email is required.

Invalid e-mail.

Yes I am over 18.
Yes, I would like to receive email updates on exciting offers from squawka.com. For more info on how we and our partners process your data, see Privacy and Cookie Policies.
You need to confirm that you are over 18 and that you want to receive updates.

*By subscribing you are confirming that you are over 18 years of age.

*All emails include an unsubscribe link, where you can opt out any time. *Please see our privacy and cookies policy..

x

Newsletter error