26th August, 2017
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants an explanation after Raheem Sterling was sent off following his 97th-minute winner against Bournemouth.
After his deflected shot looped in to secure a 2-1 victory, Sterling ran to the City fans and was shown a second yellow card by referee Mike Dean.
“I don’t understand. Hopefully they can call me and explain the reason why,” Guardiola told BBC Sport.
Gabriel Jesus had earlier cancelled out Charlie Daniels’ goal for Bournemouth.
The home side dominated the early exchanges and took a deserved lead on 13 minutes when Daniels drilled home a stunning half-volley off the crossbar from the edge of the area.
But City equalised eight minutes later with their first shot on target, David Silva picking out Jesus with a perfectly weighted pass for the Brazilian to roll the ball home.
The goal seemed to spark the visitors into life and they dominated the rest of the half without adding to their score.
Both teams had chances after the break, with Bournemouth’s Joshua King and City’s Nicolas Otamendi hitting the post.
King had another opportunity to win it for the hosts when he outmuscled Benjamin Mendy, but his shot was straight at Ederson.
Sterling’s winner came moments later, sparking wild celebrations in a finale City captain Vincent Kompany described it as “madness”.
He told Sky Sports: “The first thing I did was say to Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva: ‘Welcome to the Premier League’.”