2019 – Blues Maintain 100% Record
City’s excellent home form and record against Bournemouth continued at Etihad Stadium on this day in 2018, but it wasn’t by any means an easy feat to overcome a stubborn Bournemouth side.
Bernardo Silva out the blues in front after 16 minutes, and the faithful expected a hatful from the team that had already had a goal difference of +37. But the blues relaxed as half time approached and were punished as Callum Wilson headed home an equaliser seconds before the interval.
The Cherries threatened again in the second half, but Danilo’s low shot on 57 minutes was parried by the keeper and Raheem Sterling was on hand to score his tenth goal in seven games against Bournemouth.
The visitors wouldn’t lie down and fought for an equaliser, and it wasn’t until Ilkay Gundogan’s goal 11 minutes from time, that the faithful could relax. The result meant City remained top of the Premier League by five points
2015 – Blues Reach League Cup Semi-Final
City were on the road to Wembley in 2015 as Manuel Pellegrini’s reign in Manchester came to an end. The blues had beaten Sunderland and Crystal Palace in previous rounds and now welcomed Hull City to Etihad Stadium. It was a golden chance for the blues to reach another semi-final and it was one they didn’t pass up…eventually.
After Wilfried Bony had given City a 12th minute lead, the blues failed to capitalise, however the visiting Tigers were not exactly in the mood to put up a fight. But it wasn’t until the last ten minutes that the blues made their passage to the semi safe.
Raheem Sterling supplied Kelechi Iheanacho to make it 2-0, then two minutes later, Kevin de Bruyne made it 3-0 as he raced past a tired Hull defence. The Belgian then clipped a brilliant free-kick home for number four, before Andrew Robertson grabbed a consolation for the visitors. City would play Everton in the two-legged semi final.
2013 – Future Champions Shoot Down Swans
In 2013, Manuel Pellegrini’s blues were 10 points behind leaders Arsenal at the start of the day, but narrowed that lead to 7 with a victory over Swansea.
Alvaro Negredo hit home a free-kick in the eighth minute, but Swansea were the better team throughout the remainder of the first half. However, Samir Nasri’s double strike on 58 and 77 minutes secure the points for the blues.
His first came after running at the Swansea defence, before turning in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross for his second and City’s third.