Late Silva goal extends City’s winning run to 13 games

first_img(REUTERS) – David Silva scored a late goal as runaway leaders Manchester City won their 13th successive Premier League game and restored their eight-point lead with a 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Sunday.Silva converted Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliant pass from close range in the 83rd minute as City maintained their blistering form this season.Nicolas Otamendi had converted substitute Gabriel Jesus’s cross in the 57th minute to equalise after defender Angelo Ogbonna had headed West Ham into the most unlikely lead at the end of a first half in which the hosts dominated.In winning their 13th successive Premier League match, City equalled the record held by both Arsenal and Chelsea.“It was difficult, teams seem to come here and get every man behind the ball, not interested in anything but parking the bus,” City midfielder Fabian Delph told Sky Sports.”But we have players like David Silva in the team, so we knew if we kept going we’d get our chances. We knew we had to be patient, we came out flying in the second half, we tried to explain to the boys we still had time and then we started to relax a bit more and found those spaces.“We want to win the derby but we are taking it each game at a time.”After rivals United beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday to cut their lead to five points, City needed to win against relegation-threatened West Ham to restore their comfortable lead ahead of next weekend’s trip to Old Trafford.As expected, City dominated possession but the mass ranks of West Ham defenders frustrated their array of attacking players and disrupted the rhythm of their intricate, threaded passes.urprisingly, it was West Ham who came closest to opening the scoring when Michail Antonio stretched to fire a close-range volley over the top.Not until the 26th minute did goalkeeper Adrian make his first meaningful save, pushing Silva’s deflected shot over the crossbar.Manuel Lanzini drew a save from Ederson 10 minutes later before out-of-sorts City failed to deal with a corner — as they did in last weekend’s victory at Huddersfield Town — with Ogbonna’s downward header evading Ederson.Otamendi restored parity shortly after the break but, until Silva’s late intervention, it appeared that City’s search for a winner would prove fruitless.Jesus, Leroy Sane, de Bruyne, Silva and Raheem Sterling all went close as the Hammers defended superbly in their most impressive performance under manager David Moyes.City have not lost a game since April, and face second-place United next Sunday. West Ham, who have won only twice all season, sit 19th — three points behind West Bromwich Albion in 17th.last_img read more

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Scottie Thompson raring to play for Philippines anew

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I will always give my best for the Philippines.”Thompson last suited up for the national team in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and 2015 SEABA Championship, both held in Singapore, where the Filipinos were able to strike gold.READ: Guiao looking at Cabagnot, Slaughter, Lassiter for Fiba qualifiers Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said Thompson and Greg Slaughter, who was also in Guiao’s wish list, would greatly benefit in their stint with the national team.“I’m happy for Scottie, I’m really happy for Scottie and I hope that they could figure out a way to put Greg in there,” said Cone. “I think that guys get better when they play internationally so I think that it would be a great confidence-booster and great experience for those guys so I’m all for it.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Aces’ semis exit fuels Enciso’s hot streak in Governors’ Cup Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms After being named the Finals MVP in Barangay Ginebra’s Commissioner’s Cup title run, he got a call-up to the national team after Yeng Guiao chose him to be part of the Philippines’ lineup for the upcoming window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Not to turn down a rare opportunity, Thompson said he’d do whatever it takes to represent the country three years after he last donned the tricolor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Scottie in Guiao’s mind as Fiba windows approach“Of course, I’m willing to be part of the team. I will do what I have to do for the country,” said Thompson in Filipino after the Gin Kings’ 95-84 win over Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ READ: Ginebra kicks off PBA Governors’ Cup with win over ColumbianThompson said he’s looking forward to working under Guiao and play with PBA players in the national team, which is different from his last international stint where he had to play with top amateur players.“This will be the first time that I will play under a different coach in my PBA career and I think I’ll just have to trust the process,” said Thompon who had a near triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.“Everything that a coach teaches will fall on the players and it’s their responsibility to execute it and trust the process.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Scottie Thompson’s career trajectory just reached another level of altitude.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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