Sergio Aguero and Nolito provided the goals as Manchester City romped to a 4-1 win away to Stoke City on Saturday in the Premier League.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho made a late appearance for Manchester City on Saturday in the weekend’s early kickoff.
The 19-year old gave City Coach Pep Guardiola plenty to cheer as he showed great maturity in helping the Citizens claim all three points with a calm and collected assist to summer signing Nolito who nailed the Potters’ coffin as it were with two late goals.
Sergio Aguero who continued his goal-scoring spree in the Guardiola era had hit a first-half brace but Iheanacho’s introduction ensured that there was no late drama for the hosts to get back into the game as the youngster provided useful contributions.
The game’s first half-chance arrived in the seventh minute when Aguero drove into the Potters box before attempting to pick out a cross into Raheem Sterling, but the weight of the pass was too strong for the Englishman.
Twenty minutes later, Man City were handed a penalty when Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross pulled Otamendi’s shirt inside the box during a corner and Aguero stepped forward to send his spot kick past Given for the game’s first goal.
Man City’s second came moments later as Aguero headed a De Bruyne free kick past Given for 2-0 in the 36th minute.
Stoke had two opportunities to hit back late in the first period, but Willy Caballero kept out the attempts by the hosts.
Stoke were however awarded a penalty early in the second period when Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have held Shawcross inside the box.
It was Bojan that stepped forward for the Potters and the former Barcelona youngster made no mistake from the spot to make it a 2-1 at the newly-named Bet365 Stadium.
Indeed, the goal boosted Stoke as they pressed forward for a possible equaliser
Iheanacho was introduced for Man City in the 83rd minute as Guardiola looked to take advantage of the end-to-end nature of the contest, while Jonathan Walters was introduced for a Stoke team that struggled to create opportunities from open play after halving the deficit early in the second period.
The Citizens made sure of the points in the 86th minute when Iheanacho, having passed up the chance to score himself after taking the ball too wide of Given, delivered a low cross into Nolito and the Spanish international fired home for his first Premier League goal since arriving from Celta Vigo.
Guardiola’s side were not finished, however, and made it four in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Sterling raced through into a one-on-one with Given before setting up Nolito, who tapped home for his second after coming off the bench.
Having ticked the right boxes with Stoke, Man City will hope to complete the job as they host Steaua Bucuresti in the second leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday ahead of a home game against West Ham United in the league next Sunday afternoon.
Stoke City XI: Given, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Imbula, Whelan, Bojan, Allen, Arnautovic, Diouf
Subs: Haugaard, Muniesa, Adam, Walters, Cameron, Crouch, Ramadan
Man City XI: Caballero, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero
Subs: Hart, Fernando, Maffeo, Nolito, Delph, Clichy, Iheanacho