West Ham inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Manchester City to cap a miserable week for the hosts with a 2-1 win at the Etihad.
- Manchester City 1 West Ham 2
- City suffer first league defeat
- West Ham climb to second
- De Bruyne nets first goal for City
- Silva inured in warm-up
City, who lost to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday and lost influential midfielder David Silva to injury in the warm-up, quickly found themselves two down to first half goals from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho.
Kevin De Bruyne pulled one back on the stroke of half time, scoring his first goal since his summer switch from Wolfsburg to set up a frantic second half, but the Hammers defence remained resolute to climb to second in the Premier League table.
West Ham, who had already claimed notable scalps at Arsenal and Liverpool this season, started confidently and stunned the league leaders inside six minutes. Collecting a pass from Dimitri Payet, Moses accepted an invitation to shoot from distance and fired the ball into the bottom left corner of Joe Hart’s net.
It was the first Premier League goal that Manuel Pellegrini’s men had conceded so far this term, but the Hammers were not finished and doubled their lead just past the half hour when Sakho turned in from close range following a goalmouth scramble.
It wasn't undeserved for West Ham, although City had threatened. Sergio Aguero was in uncharacteristically wasteful mood when he beat goalkeeper Adrian to the ball before shooting wide, while Nicolas Otamendi headed over from a Jesus Navas corner.
They were back in the game on the stroke of half time, though. De Bruyne found some space and buried a twenty yard strike beyond the despairing Adrian.
The West Ham defence would have been expecting a second half onslaught and that was exactly what followed.
Yaya Toure twice went close, while Adrian produced a fine stop to keep out another header from Nicolas Otamendi.
However, there was no way through a doggedly drilled Hammers defence, and Slaven Bilic’s men were able to hang on to claim another scalp and subject City to a second defeat inside a week.