Second-half goals from Jeremy Doku, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland helped Manchester City come from behind to beat in-form West Ham and continue their winning start to the Premier League season.
James Ward-Prowse’s diving header gave the Hammers the lead against the run of play, but Doku’s first City goal restored parity 43 seconds after the interval.
Silva then collected Julian Alvarez’s looping ball over the top of the West Ham defence before calmly prodding past the onrushing Alphonse Areola.
Haaland, who had squandered several opportunities, extended City’s lead with a trademark finish.
City restore their two-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table after Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Wolves in the early kick-off, while West Ham drop to sixth.
City patience pays off
There was little wrong with City’s first-half display at London Stadium, but, despite registering 17 shots before the break, they could not find a way past Areola and West Ham’s deep-lying rearguard.
They went close to taking a deserved lead after only six minutes, but Areola produced fine saves to deny Rodri and Ruben Dias either side of Tomas Soucek’s goal-line block from Haaland.
The Norwegian – of all people – squandered two glorious opportunities before half-time, somehow steering Doku’s low cross wide of the far post before having another shot cleared off the line by the retreating Nayef Aguerd.
Guardiola, back in the City dugout following surgery, will have asked for more of the same from his players at half-time and they were level moments after the restart as the lively Doku cut in from the left before producing an expert finish.
Alvarez rattled a post with a magnificent free-kick but City were not to be denied, as the Argentine scooped a clever ball over the West Ham defence for Silva to poke home.
Haaland delivered the icing on the cake late on, extending his league tally to seven goals in five games this season with a smart finish from Silva’s pass.
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West Ham United
- 5CoufalSubstituted forKehrerat 87′minutes
- 28SoucekBooked at 79minsSubstituted forIngsat 87′minutes
- 19ÁlvarezBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBenrahmaat 68′minutes
- 10Lucas PaquetáBooked at 90mins
- 9AntonioSubstituted forKudusat 67′minutes
- 3Rúben Dias
- 24GvardiolBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAkéat 90+5′minutes
- 16RodriBooked at 89mins
- 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forBobbat 90+5′minutes
- 47FodenSubstituted forNunesat 67′minutes
- 11DokuSubstituted forGómezat 90′minutes
- 9HaalandSubstituted forLewisat 90+4′minutes
Match ends, West Ham United 1, Manchester City 3.
Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Manchester City 3.
Lucas Paquetá (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Oscar Bobb (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lucas Paquetá (West Ham United).
Foul by Sergio Gómez (Manchester City).
Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Manchester City. Oscar Bobb replaces Bernardo Silva.
Substitution, Manchester City. Nathan Aké replaces Josko Gvardiol.
Substitution, Manchester City. Rico Lewis replaces Erling Haaland.
Attempt missed. Nayef Aguerd (West Ham United) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse following a set piece situation.
Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Gómez replaces Jérémy Doku.
Rodri (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Rodri (Manchester City).
Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, West Ham United. Thilo Kehrer replaces Vladimír Coufal.
Substitution, West Ham United. Danny Ings replaces Tomás Soucek.
Goal! West Ham United 1, Manchester City 3. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United).