Manchester City experienced no problems and narrated the game to Nottingham Forest in a match of the intermediate round of Premier League. The “Citizens” won 6:0 at home to the “Etihad”, and the star of the evening was Erling Holland, who scored a hat-trick within 38 minutes.
Manchester City imposed its dominance from the first seconds. The Citizens were flawless and deservedly took the lead in the 12th minute through Erling Holland. Ten minutes later, after a scramble in the Forest penalty area, the ball found its way back to the Norwegian striker, who simply added it into the empty net for 2-0. In the 38th minute, Holland completed his hat-trick after once again being the smartest in the opponent’s penalty area. The only more serious situation for the visitors came in the 17th minute (at 1:0 for City), but Renan Lodi’s header missed Ederson’s post by millimeters.
The hosts did not slow down after the break. In the 50′, Joao Cancelo scored Dean Henderson from 20 meters to make it 4:0. Julián Alvarez also did not fail to sign up. The Argentine was brought on alone against Henderson and made no mistake from close range to score Manchester City’s fifth goal. Alvarez was the man to score City’s sixth, firing past Henderson from inside the box. Nottingham continued to look clueless in the second half and seemed unable to counter the brilliant play of the champions.
On September 3 (Saturday), Manchester City travel to the West Midlands to host Aston Villa in search of another three points. Nottingham Forest will host the other newcomer in the English elite Bournemouth at home.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEETING
Manchester City imposed its dominance from the first seconds of the meeting. The hosts played with confidence and built their attacks slowly and patiently. As early as the sixth minute, Julián Alvarez received a low ball from a corner cross but failed to hit the goal with his shot, a minute later Alvarez again received another pass and shot, this time on target, but Dean Henderson saved and kept his net dry. In the 12th minute, however, the hosts opened the scoring. Erling Holland received a wonderful cross after a corner and with his first touch he poked the ball into the Nottingham goal. 1:0 for City.
5 minutes after City’s goal, Forest could have equalized immediately. Renan Lodi got away from Bernardo Silva and headed a cross into the box. However, the shot of the new arrival of the guests went millimeters from the side post. In 22′ Holland scored again. A mistake by goalkeeper Dean Henderson on the clearance meant the ball found its way to Erling Holland, the Norwegian immediately found Phil Fowden, who got in the way and his ball was cleared right where the City star was, who just needed to add the ball. in the empty door. 2:0 for City.
In 30′ Erling Holland received a cross from a foul and headed the ball towards John Stones. The defender scored, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside. In 38′ Erling Holland completed his hat trick. The Norwegian once again proved to be the smartest in Forest’s small penalty area and headed the ball home for the result 3:0 for City. In the 44th minute, Julián Alvarez got free and shot from the edge of the penalty area, but his shot hit the side post.
The hosts started the second half properly. Joao Cancelo tried his luck from nearly twenty meters and managed to score a beautiful goal in the 50th minute – 4:0 for City. After the fourth goal of the “citizens”, minutes followed in which Forest lived. The guests even managed to carry the ball for a few minutes into the home team’s field and, albeit slightly, threaten Ederson’s goal.
After a well-developed attack of the “citizens” – Julián Alvarez, was brought face to face with Dean Henderson. The Argentine did not hesitate and stuck the ball for the fifth time in the goal of the British – 5:0 for City. In 69′, the big hero of the evening – Erling Holland was replaced by Kevin De Bruyne and received a standing ovation when he left the field. In 71′, Riyad Mahrez was found in a great way by Ilkay Gundogan, who brought him one-on-one against the Forest guard, but the Algerian did not find the outline of the opponent’s goal with his shot.
In 87′, Julián Alvarez scored his second goal after shooting Dean Henderson from the penalty area. Only a minute later, De Bruyne was taken out by the Argentine, but he was unable to score a seventh goal for City.
MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Diaz, Cancelo, Rodry, Gundogan, Fowden, Bernardo Silva, Alvarez, Holland
NOTTINGHAM: Henderson, Worrell, McKenna, Kouyate, Williams, Frohler, O’Brien, Yates, Lodi, Gibbs-White, Johnson
BEFORE THE MATCH
Manchester City enters today’s meeting as the absolute favorite. The champions had a great win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, turning a 0-2 deficit to 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick from new signing Erling Holland.
On the other side is Nottingham Forest, who lost 2-0 to Tottenham on Sunday, and are now ready to give their all and take what they can from the champions at home.
Moussa Niakate, Orel Mangala and Orel Richards are injured in the Nottingham squad and will miss tonight’s clash for the away side. Pep Guardiola will not be able to rely on the injured Aymeric Laporte, and his very important players such as Jack Grealish, Calvin Phillips and Nathan Ake are in question.
The match will be officiated by elite referee Paul Tierney.