The football season returns and so does our Match from the Past. Each week, we take a look at a previous battle between City and the day’s opponent. This week’s Match from the Past takes us back to 11th August 2007 and an opening day fixture in East London.
The blues had been purchased by former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra and he had installed ex-England boss Sven Goran Erikssen as manager. A top class manager at the helm and investment in the team, it was set to be an exciting time for the blues.
City took to the field with a new look line up; new signings Vedran Corluka, Javier Garrido, Elano, Martin Petrov and Rolando Bianchi started, while Geovanni Valeri Bojinov and Gelson Fernandes took places on the bench.
The Hammers tried to threaten early at the start of the match, but were failing to break through the City defence. The blues were trying to hit the home side on the break and managed it in the 18th minute.
Another West Ham attack was closed down by City and the ball fell kindly to new boy Elano, halfway inside the City area. The Brazilian ran unchallenged at the Hammers defence, waltzed past Matthew Upson into the area and played an inviting ball across the box for Bianchi to slide in and slot the ball home.
The Hammers weren’t having much luck in front of the blues goal, but they finally managed to get a shot on target just before the break, but Ljungberg’s shot was saved by Kasper Schmeichel. However the home side started to put pressure on the City defence in the second half, and soon the blues were defending as if their lives depended on it. But for all their toil and hard work, it just wasn’t to be for the Hammers and the points were secured with three minutes remaining.
The goal was scored by another new boy Geovanni, but it was a made by the home grown Nedum Onuoha. The youngster collected a pass on the halfway line, before taking on the West Ham defence, beating three defenders, then the same two again before beating a fourth and laying the ball off to the Brazilian, who rifled home his first goal for the club.
Erikssen was smiling at the final whistle as his hastily assembled team finally claimed a Premier League opening day win for only the second time in the Premier League era
Final Score: West Ham 0-2 Manchester City
West Ham: Green, Spector, Ferdinand, Upson, McCartney (Ashton 63), Ljungberg, Bowyer (Mullins 46), Noble, Boa Morte (Etherington 46), Zamora, Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: Wright, Gabbidon.
Man City: Schmeichel, Richards, Corluka (Onuoha 62), Dunne, Garrido, Elano (Geovanni 80), Hamann, Johnson, Petrov, Ireland, Bianchi (Bojinov 61).
Subs Not Used: Hart, Gelson.
Booked: Garrido, Ireland, Elano, Geovanni.
Goals: Bianchi 18, Geovanni 87.
Ref: Peter Walton