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Manchester City v Nottingham Forest Live Commentary, 31/08/2022

FT
6 - 0
MCI
NFO
E. Haaland (12)
E. Haaland (23)
E. Haaland (38)
João Cancelo (50)
J. Álvarez (65)
J. Álvarez (87)
Etihad Stadium

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that City remain in second place, while Forest drop to 15th.
Manchester City thrash Nottingham Forest 6-0. The hosts dominated this game from start to finish - and Haaland got them off to a rapid start. The towering striker converted Foden's cross early and didn't look back: he added a second with a tap-in, before nodding in Stones' pass to make it back-to-back hattricks. And City continued this relentless pressure into the second half, even with a slew of substitutions. Cancelo's fine strike made it four, before Alvarez added two more excellent goals to complete the rout and leave the final scoreline at 6-0.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 6-0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
90' + 1' Two minutes of stoppage time are added on.
89' SAVE! Alvarez slips De Bruyne through on goal at a tight angle, but Henderson rushes out to smother his shot!
J. Álvarez
Goal
Manchester City
87' GOAL! ALVAREZ! 6-0. City break from Dennis' weak free-kick. The hosts sweep forward with a move that culminates with Alvarez lashing a fierce strike into the top corner from 15 yards!
87' Gundogan bundles over Awoniyi presenting Forest with a promising free-kick. Dennis steps up and wastefully curls it into the wall from 25 yards.
87' Gundogan bravely charges down Freuler's 25-yard strike. City are desperate to keep this clean sheet.
85' Chance! Gomez chops inside of Williams inside the box, but his eventual close-range strike is blocked by McKenna.
83' Even with the score at 5-0 and the game long since wrapped up, Forest are struggling to get any touches of the ball.
81' Palmer gets to the byline and fizzes in a dangerous low cross that Worrall hooks away. City are still opening Forest up at will.
79' De Bruyne's low free-kick is anxiously hacked behind by Awoniyi.
G. Biancone
C. Kouyaté
Nottingham Forest
78' Kouyate departs for Biancone after a tough game in defence.
77' Forest's changes have had little impact as City continue to knock it around confidently.
E. Dennis
Yellow Card
Nottingham Forest
76' Dennis is booked after clattering into De Bruyne.
R. Lewis
J. Stones
Manchester City
75' Another change for City as Stones makes way for Lewis after a dominant display.
73' City have been relentless. They haven't slowed the tempo after any of their goals and Forest have found it incredibly difficult to live with them.
71' WIDE! Gundogan sends a sublime throughball perfectly over the top of the Forest defence and Mahrez latches onto it! The attacker just has Henderson to beat, but he send his 10-yard effort inches wide of the post.
J. Colback
R. Yates
Nottingham Forest
69' Yates also makes way for Colback in midfield.
H. Toffolo
Renan Lodi
Nottingham Forest
69' Forest also make two changes. The first sees Lodi depart for Toffolo after a tough debut.
K. De Bruyne
E. Haaland
Manchester City
69' Haaland walks off after another clinical display, with De Bruyne taking his place.
Sergio Gómez
João Cancelo
Manchester City
68' City take the opportunity to make further changes. Cancelo heads off with Gomez coming on.
67' City have put on a real show today, scoring five excellent goals. For Forest, it's been a steep day of learning.
J. Álvarez
Goal
Manchester City
65' GOAL! ALVAREZ! 5-0. City get another. Mahrez controls a long pass forward superbly with his head, before flicking a sensational throughball into the path of Alvarez. The young attacker bursts through before lashing a strike beyond Henderson from a tight angle!
64' City continue to pour forward as Williams slides in to prevent Cancelo from charging down the byline. Mahrez's corner is then cleared away.
62' Alvarez crosses dangerously for Haaland inside the six-yard box, but Worrall slides in to prevent the chance.
60' Save! Silva jinks inside Lodi before hitting a powerful 25-yard strike that Henderson does well to save without parrying!
E. Dennis
M. Gibbs-White
Nottingham Forest
58' Gibbs-White heads off for Dennis after a quiet game in attack.
T. Awoniyi
B. Johnson
Nottingham Forest
58' Forest also make two changes: the first sees Johnson depart for Awoniyi.
57' Forest make a rare break forward but Johnson pulls his shot well wide from 20 yards.
C. Palmer
P. Foden
Manchester City
55' Foden also makes way with Palmer coming on.
R. Mahrez
Rodri
Manchester City
55' City make two changes now the game's secure: the first sees Rodri head off for Mahrez.
53' Well, Forest have been thoroughly outplayed today and the scoreline could get much worse if they aren't careful.
Bernardo Silva
Assist
Manchester City
50' Silva engineered plenty of space, before making the most of it with a neat pass to Cancelo. That goal was still all about the brilliant strike from the Portuguese though.
João Cancelo
Goal
Manchester City
50' GOAL! CANCELO! 4-0. City add another goal. Silva sizes up Lodi near the touchline before rolling it to an unmarked Cancelo on the edge of the box. The wingback takes a touch, before lashing a fierce strike into the top corner!
49' City continue to dominate possession as Forest struggle to find any foothold.
48' Gundogan fires high and wide from 25 yards.
46' Manchester City kick off the second half.
Forest have managed just one shot and 23 per cent possession in the first half. Even if they can't get back into this game, their fans will demand a better performance after the break.
City and Haaland demolish Forest in the first half. The hosts have dominated this game throughout and it's been an eye-opening half for the newly promoted visitors. City took the lead early on when Haaland poked in Foden's cross. And although Lodi went close for Forest, they were still under serious pressure. Haaland made it two with a tap-in, before converting Stones' headed cross to make it 3-0 and back-to-back hattricks at half-time.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
44' OFF THE POST! Alvarez jinks past Freuler before unleashing a 20-yard drive that flicks off the outside of the post and behind! Henderson stood no chance.
42' Forest are reeling as City continue to knock it around confidently.
40' Well, it's two hattricks in four days for Haaland who is - once more - looking rampant for City.
J. Stones
Assist
Manchester City
38' Stones has been a constant threat in the Forest box and he gets an assist after nodding Foden's pass back across the face of goal.
E. Haaland
Goal
Manchester City
38' GOAL! HAALAND 3-0! It's a third for City and for Haaland. Cancelo sends in a stunning cross with the outside of his foot that reaches Foden. The attacker heads it across goal towards Stones, who nods it into the six-yard box where Haaland is waiting to turn it in from close range!
36' Forest have been disciplined and determined in defence today, but it still hasn't been enough to contain City and Haaland.
34' Alvarez slips a clever pass towards Haaland near the byline. The striker drills in a low cross that Henderson bravely parries away.
31' City continue to press for a third as Forest fight to stay in this game.
29' City have a goal ruled out! Haaland flicks on Gundogan's free-kick and Stones arrives to tap it in! However, Stones was a few yards offside and the goal is ruled out.
27' City now tighten their grip on the game with a long spell of possession following their second goal.
25' Well, it's a long way back for Forest now. They've been opened up twice and Haaland has ruthlessly punished them on both occasions.
E. Haaland
Goal
Manchester City
23' GOAL! HAALAND! 2-0. Haaland doubles City's lead. Henderson gives it straight to Silva from a goal kick and the hosts quickly sweep into the box. Foden dribbles ominously towards goal, but Williams' last-ditch tackle diverts it to Haaland who taps it into an empty net.
22' Williams searches for the run of Johnson into the channel, but Ederson rushes out to clear. The visitors are growing into this game.
20' Foden goes down too easily on the edge of the box and Forest look to break again. Johnson surges down the right flank but Cancelo races back to slide in and knock it out of play.
18' WIDE! Forest make their first foray forward as they patiently work it out to Williams near the touchline. The wingback whips in a dangerous cross to the back post, where Lodi is unmarked! However, the new signing can only plant his header into the side netting and City keep their lead.
16' Haaland already has seven goals in his opening five Premier League matches. The record for goals in a player’s first five games is held jointly by Mick Quinn and Sergio Aguero (eight).
14' Well, City have started well in this one. Forest have barely escaped their own half in the opening 15 minutes and the hosts have an early reward for their pressure.
E. Haaland
Goal
Manchester City
12' GOALLL! HAALAND! 1-0. City take an early lead. Gundogan works a corner to Foden on the edge of the box. Foden crosses it first time and it deflects off O'Brien and into the path of Haaland, who holds off his marker before poking it beyond Henderson from close range!
11' Cancelo takes on Worrall near the byline, but the Forest defender stands strong and concedes a corner.
9' Silva darts inside and curls in a left-footed cross that narrowly misses Haaland. It's all City right now.
7' SAVE! Rodri flicks on Gundogan's corner at the near post and it runs through to Alvarez! The attacker pokes it towards goal from six yards, but Henderson is there to push it to safety.
5' Chance! Silva skips elegantly past Lodi and gets all the way into the six-yard box before losing his footing, allowing McKenna to clear it behind! The resulting corner amounts to nothing.
3' City - as you'd expect - have dominated the possession in the opening stages. Forest eventually get a chance to knock it around themselves, as Gundogan lashes a 25-yard strike well wide.
1' Forest kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
City have been in good form this season, but there are still some issues to correct early in games. They’ve found themselves two goals behind in four of their last six Premier League games, as many as in their previous 84 combined. They are the only side in Premier League history to avoid defeat in four games in a row in which they found themselves two plus goals behind.
Forest make three changes following their defeat to Spurs: Cook, Toffolo and Lingard drop out for Kouyate, Lodi and Freuler.
City make two changes following their victory over Crystal Palace. De Bruyne and Mahrez make way for Gundogan and Alvarez.
SUBS: Sam Surridge, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, Wayne Hennessey, Steve Cook, Jack Colback, Giulian Biancone, Jesse Lingard, Harry Toffolo, Taiwo Awoniyi.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (3-4-2-1): Dean Henderson; Joe Worrall, Cheikhou Kouyate, Scott McKenna; Neco Williams, Ryan Yates, Lewis O’Brien, Renan Lodi; Remo Freuler, Morgan Gibbs-White; Brennan Johnson.
SUBS: Claudio Gomes, Cole Palmer, Ben Knight, Sergio Gomez, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Kevin De Bruyne, Stefan Ortega Moreno, Rico Lewis, Riyad Mahrez.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez.
Forest, meanwhile, are 14th with four points from four games. They suffered a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham last time out and they’ll be approaching another difficult game hoping for a better result as they settle into life as a Premier League club.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Nottingham Forest. The hosts enter this one second in the table with 10 points from four games. They came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Crystal Palace 4-2 last time out, and they’ll be looking to build on this with another three points today.