GOAL Bournemouth 1-2 Man City (90+7 mins) Danilo cuts the ball back to Sterling, who scores via a deflection to surely snatch it#BOUMCI — Premier League (@premierleague) August 26, 2017He sprang a surprise before kick-off by dropping Sergio Aguero to the bench. A glum-looking Aguero took his seat in the dug-out behind Guardiola and for 15 minutes it looked as though the visitors might have cause to regret their manager's decision. Bournemouth started positively, pressing the visitors high up the pitch and in particular making headway down the right flank.
FT Bournemouth 1-2 Man City Late drama as Raheem Sterling scores the winner and is sent off at the death.https://t.co/xSjS086hqh #BOUMCI pic.twitter.com/A0kf6Z5QQN — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 26, 2017Bournemouth might have doubled their lead when Jermain Defoe –- making his first league start -– volleyed too close to Ederson from Surman's chipped through-ball. But Jesus was becoming more prominent and it was the striker's quick thinking, together with Silva's vision, that led to the equaliser. The Brazilian played a quick free-kick to Silva after Bernardo Silva had been fouled by Nathan Ake before running beyond the Bournemouth defender to collect the return pass and slot home.
DRAMA! Raheem Sterling produced a 97th-minute winner as Man City won 2-1 at Bournemouth. https://t.co/GfGp8zfzxT #MCIBOU pic.twitter.com/EbmMFVnQWF — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 26, 2017Somehow Bournemouth survived to reach half-time on level terms and having maintained a foothold in the game, they could have gone ahead in the 61st minute when Joshua King fired against the post. That chance came after Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho combined to lose possession in a dangerous area and with his side wasteful at the other end, Guardiola's frustration was becoming clear on the touchline.
Otamendi should have done better than direct a free header against the post from Kevin De Bruyne's cross, which summed up his side's second-half efforts up to then. Then, with the game deep into added time, Sterling was twice involved in a move that ended with him collecting Danilo's cross and sending a deflected shot past Asmir Begovic.
Goal for City. Heartbreaking for the Cherries. ? 1-2 ? #BOUMCI— AFC Bournemouth ? (@afcbournemouth) August 26, 2017