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Man City vs Porto result: Bruised hosts past stern test in Champions League game with plenty of bite

Composure was needed. Porto were threatening and Walker was forced to clear off his own goal-line when Marega caught Cancelo napping and broke in behind, minutes before the interval. City, by contrast, were creating little. Gundogan’s sweet volley once both sides re-emerged forced a save out of Marchesin but was only City’s fourth attempt on goal.

Without the injured Kevin De Bruyne and the departed David Silva, Guardiola’s side were struggling to create and needed a bit of luck. It came in the form of a foul by Fabio Vieira, though Treimanis had once again made a questionable call. The Porto midfielder took the ball but also caught Gundogan, who made sure to take full advantage.

There was something De Bruyne or Silva-esque about the free-kick that followed, expertly bent out of Marchesin’s reach and into the top left-hand corner. This time, there were no protests from Porto, who instead trudged back to the centre circle which their heads hung low, in sudden realisation that the contest was slipping away from them.

Guardiola was waiting to introduce Torres and Phil Foden as he watched Gundogan’s free-kick fly in. He persisted with the substitution and it brought him a third goal when the pair combined with a neat one-two down the left flank. Torres then cut inside to enter the penalty area and curl past Marchesin.

There was still time for a worrying injury to Fernandinho, who left the pitch shortly after coming on. Fortunately, by that point, the battle had already been won.

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Tottenham vs West Ham result: Player ratings as Hammers pull off incredible comeback against Spurs

Sissoko – 6: Solid in the centre for most of the game.

Hojbjerg – 6: Tidy showing from the new recruit for the most part.

Ndombele – 7: Played with a visible confidence that has evidently come from his increased game time.

Bergwijn – 8: Looked lively from the opening whistle and gave the West Ham defence yet another threat to consider.

Son – 9: Took his goal with supreme confidence; as soon as he cut inside, there was no doubt he would find the net. Elsewhere caused Balbuena plenty of problems.

Kane – 10: Two goals and a terrific assist, and he hit the post late on. The England captain is as potent a playmaker as he is a striker at the moment.

Bale – 6: Came on late. Looked fit and motivated, which is the main thing, but missed a great chance to put the result beyond doubt.

West Ham

Fabianski – 6: Could do little about any of the goals and exhibited some courage and sharp decision-making at times.

Masuaku – 7: Dribbled forward purposefully with every opportunity he got.

Cresswell – 6: Rather anonymous in a fixture in which every player needs to turn up and his deliveries were sup-par – all until he assisted Balbuena’s header, that is.

Ogbonna – 5: Centre-back didn’t quite look up for it – or up to it, during Spurs’ fast start.

Balbuena – 5: Painfully mismatched against Son and severely lacking in confidence, it seemed. Improved as the game progressed, however, and redeemed himself slightly with a headed goal to give West Ham a shot at a draw.

Coufal – 6: After his team’s dreadful start, the defender was one of the first to show some spirit and help the Hammers get a grip on the game. His cross caused Sanchez’s own goal late on.

Rice – 6: Tried to drag his team back into the game as a matter of pride.

Soucek – 7: Physical presence was notable in the centre, as ever.

Fornals – 6: Passing and deliveries were tidy enough as West Ham tried to get back into the game.

Antonio – 6: Applied himself with as much vigour as usual, but was not often enough put in the positions to make a difference.

Bowen – 6: Like Antonio, struggled to impact the game as much as he usually would, but not for a lack of trying.

Lanzini – 7: A late substitute, the Argentine gets such a high grade purely for the quality of his equaliser – the last kick of the game and as fine a hit as you’ll ever see.

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