Manchester City were able to extend their winning streak in Premier League to three matches with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth but not before dropping some sweats on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.
After their monumental victory off the field with the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ (CAS) decision to overturn their European ban, a big on the field was expected as well especially when the opponents were a mid-table team.
But the Pep Guardiola-managed side did not have their task cut out as Bournemouth threatened to cause a damage every time they got the opportunity and kept City alarmed.
Playing without Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez to keep them fresh for the FA Cup semi-final tie against Arsenal on Sunday, City went up 2-0 in the first half, thanks to David Silva and Gabriel Jesus.
Veteran midfielder Silva showed again why he will be missed dearly as he scored with a curling free-kick from in the sixth-minute.
The second goal saw Brazilian striker Jesus wriggling past two weak Bournemouth defenders to launch a thunderous strike into the far corner of the visitors’ net in the 39th minute.
However, the game was far from over as Bournemouth returned one back to City when they scored late into the second half. David Brooks netted a clinical finish from Callum Wilson’s cross to make the Blues of Manchester concede their first goal in five home matches.
Meanwhile, in another match, Wolves failed to make their case for a Champions League berth stronger. After taking a lead in the 76th minute through Raul Jimenez, they conceded an equaliser in the stoppage time when Chris Wood converted a penalty.
With 56 points from 36 matches, the Nuno Espirito Santo-managed team remain at sixth and two points behind Leicester City and Manchester United.