FT: Man City 2-1 Bournemouth. The champions' defence is up and running. Foden was brilliant, and goals from him and 17-year-old Delap prove the difference. Bournemouth defended uncharacteristically well, but struggled to create chances and 2-1 is an accurate reflection of the patterns of play. City will play Burnley in round four.
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Manchester City - Bournemouth
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One last chance for Bournemouth to send the ball into the City box. Walker clears.
Mahrez runs down a blind alley, but Bournemouth can't keep the ball.
S. Cook also booked. De Bruyne looks okay.
L. Cook booked after an off-the-ball collision with De Bruyne.
Four added minutes.
Ofobohr makes a timely interception and continues his run forward, ending up on the left flank, but his cross is cut out and City clear.
Zemura wins a set piece which Bournemouth can pump into the box, and Surridge has a free header when it gets there, but he misses the target.
The visitors need to get more bodies around Surridge.
Cruel for Bournemouth, even if the goal was coming.
Travers has been getting treatment for a while but is now up. It was clumsy from Delap, but nothing more.
- Yellow cardLiam DelapManchester City
Delap slightly over-enthusiastically challenges Travers for a bouncing ball and is booked.
- OffDavid BrooksBournemouth
- OnGavin KilkennyBournemouth
Brooks, Bournemouth's best player, is taken off for Kilkenny.
- GoalPhil FodenManchester City
GOAL! Man City 2-1 Bournemouth (Foden). City back ahead! Mahrez plays a smart one-two with Foden and then sees his low shot come back off the post. It falls to Foden, however, and his scuffed rebound loops over Travers and into the net.
Travers confidently catches a Torres cross left too close to him.
- Yellow cardJordan ZemuraBournemouth
Zemura picks up the game's first booking for bring down Torres.
- OffTommy DoyleManchester City
- OnRaheem SterlingManchester City
Doyle, who has been impressive, makes way for Sterling.
This remains Bournemouth's only shot on target.
- OffDiego RicoBournemouth
- OnSteve CookBournemouth
S. Cook on for Bournemouth, replacing Rico.
Foden, set up by De Bruyne, tries his luck from 25 yards but it is not in and the ball sails over.
- OffRodriManchester City
- OnKevin De BruyneManchester City
De Bruyne is on for Rodri. Guardiola wants to win this.
Harwood-Bellis has a free header at the back post but cannot hit the target. That was a decent chance.
Foden overhits a through ball to Delap but how shows he strength by bullying Simpson off the ball, recyling possession so City can win a corner.
Bournemouth have a two-on-two break and Brooks looks to have slipped though Surridge, but Steffen is out in a flash and slides in to clear the ball.
Mendy sends in a well-hit, first-time cross that nobody can quite reach.
It has been a frustrating full debut so far.
Rodri has two efforts blocked before Mahrez fires over.
Mahrez's cross evades Delap and everyone else, and has Travers scrambling across goal for a second before it goes wide.
HT: Man City 1-1 Bournemouth. All square at the break, after Bournemouth cancelled out Delap's impressive goal. City have dominated possession and had more chances, but the visitors grew into the game. Foden has been the standout performer thus far.
Walker finds space on the overlap, not for the first time, but Bournemouth defend his low cross well, not for the first time.
Three added minutes.
The trailing arm of Surridge catches Garcia in the face. He'll be fine, but play is stopped.
Bournemouth are caught out at a throw-in as Walker finds Rodri unmarked, 25 yards out, and he lashes a shot narrowly wide.
Bernabe is now being carried around the pitch in a stretcher. The word from the TV commentary is that he has a bad gash.
This stat perhaps a note of caution in itself. But it has been a good debut so far, clearly.
A deep Walker cross finds its way to Delap at the back post, around chest height, and he tries a flying kick but can't quite execute.
- OffAdrián BernabéManchester City
- OnBenjamin MendyManchester City
Mendy is going to replace Bernabe, whose evening comes to a premature and gutting end.
Bernabe is now down with a possible injury.
Surridge is in space in the centre as Bournemouth break, but Brooks' overhit cross cannot find him.
Zemura at left-back, with Rico having moved into the centre.
Garcia, wearing head protection, heads away a City corner.
- OffLloyd KellyBournemouth
- OnJordan ZemuraBournemouth
Kelly cannot continue. Zemura, 20, takes his place. That's an even younger defence now.
Kelly is down, which will be a concern for the visitors. It looks like a knee complaint.
Well then. Having been under pressure for most of the match, Bournemouth hit back with their first real chance.
- GoalSam SurridgeBournemouth
GOAL! Man City 1-1- Bournemouth (Surridge). The visitors are level! Surridge scores, turning and firing past Steffen after Gosling slid him the ball, but that goal is all about Brooks. He carried the ball from his own half to the edge of the opposition box, almost swapping flanks in the process and beating several opponents before passing to Gosling.
- GoalLiam DelapManchester City
GOAL! Man City 1-0 Bournemouth (Delap). The 17-year-old opens the scoring! After Bournemouth lose the ball, Foden finds Delap with a through ball, weighted perfectly. The youngster hits it first time, from just inside the Cherries' box, and sends the ball past Travers into the top corner. Lovely goal.
Another nice Foden pass tees up Mahrez, but he too is denied by Travers from a tight angle.
Foden lines up a shot from the edge of the box, but it is blocked.
A delightful Foden dink finds Torres, who had run behind the Bournemouth defence. The angle is tight, however, and Travers is out quickly to deny his poked effort.
Rico plays as excellent ball down the left channel which Surridge gets to, ahead of Harwood-Bellis, but the Cherries striker wastes the opening with a bad cross.
City are, roughly, playing 4-2-3-1 so far. Bernabe is at left-back, Walker right, and Diyle is holding with Rodri. Bernabe clearly has licence to attack, while Mahrez and Foden have already swapped positions.
Foden volleys well wide follows some head tennis.
A scrappy passage of play sees Bournemouth press the hosts and win the ball on the edge of their box, only to be unable to string two passes together. Surridge is offside when the ball inadvertently comes his way.
Delap penalised early on after a loose touch allows Smith to steal the ball.
Following a knee in unison, City get the game going.
The Cherries have conceded 30 goals in their last 10 games against City - all defeats - and not kept a single clean sheet.
With Claudio Bravo now at Real Betis - something that somewhat flew under the radar -Steffen is firmly Man City's second-choice keeper, so this is a huge night for him.
Including penalties, City have won 18 of the last 20 matches in this competition. Both defeats were 1-0 losses to Manchester United, although the second of those came in an aggregate victory in last season's semi-finals.
One interesting name on the City teamsheet is Eric Garcia. Said to be unwilling to sign a new deal at the club, and out of contract next summer, this could be one of his last appearances. He's still only 19, despite being among the more established members of tonight's line-up. If he does leave - most likely for Spain - could Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez come the other way?
Bournemouth have never beaten Man City in a competitive fixture.
"Tonight, we begin our Carabao Cup campaign and we want to make it four in a row," Guardiola wrote in his programme notes, somewhat stating the obvious. "We love this competition and it has provided us with some great memories in recent seasons." It provided the Cherries with a great memory in the last round as they beat Crystal Palace 11-10 on penalties. Every Bournemouth outfield player scored from the spot.
The average age of this Man City team is just 22. Doyle, Delap, Harwood-Bellis, Garcia and Bernabe are all teenagers - Foden and Torres are only 20.
Liam Delap is indeed the son of Rory, if you were unsure.
Bournemouth also mix things up, making seven changes from the team who drew with Middlesbrough last time out. Sam Surridge is the man up top, Lloyd Kelly figures to be the most experienced member of a young trio in central defence and David Brooks - linked with a move to the red half of Manchester not long ago - is the man on whom Bournemouth's hopes may be pinned most.
BOURNEMOUTH: Travers, Smith, Ofoborh, Simpson, Kelly, Rico, Billing, Gosling, L. Cook, Brooks, Surridge. Subs: Begovic, Stacey S. Cook, Zemura, Lerma, Kilkenny, Anthony.
Pep Guardiola promised changes and he has delivered, with just three players who started City's first game of the league season doing so tonight - Kyle Walker, Phil Foden and Rodri. American goalkeeper Zack Steffen makes his debut, while summer signing Ferran Torres is handed a chance to impress from the off too. Liam Delap, 17, is poised to lead the line. It's a young team.
MANCHESTER CITY: Steffen, Walker, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Rodrigo, Doyle, Foden, Torres, Bernabe, Mahrez, Delap. Subs: Carson, Ake, Mendy, Palmer, Sterling, De Bruyne, Nmecha.
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