The match at Hongkou Stadium was a frustrating tale of missed penalties for Pep Guardiola's English champions as Raheem Sterling was also off target from the spot during regulation time. The England international was in electric form in the opening exchanges but failed to cap a fine start with a goal when he fired over the bar from the penalty spot just before the midway point of the first half. Patricio was kept busy in the Wolves goal, with the keeper called upon to make a routine save from Sterling with less than two minutes on the clock before pulling off a reflex save to keep out Aymeric Laporte's close-range attempt. Referee Martin Atkinson awarded City a penalty 20 minutes into the game when Leroy Sane was hauled down by the combined efforts of Conor Coady and Morgan Gibbs-White, only for Sterling to send his spot kick high and wide. Wolves eventually broke out of the City stranglehold to put some pressure on the Premier League champions' goal as the half wore on but it was Guardiola's side who always looked the more likely to score.
Shorn of nearly all of his stars last summer because of the World Cup, Pep Guardiola was able to name a much stronger squad for this return to the Far East. But administrative issues that stopped the team from arriving in China until the day before this fixtures made it certain that it would be a more experimental lineup for the first game of the tour.
No matter, because a club that coaches the same philosophy from kids to the first team has many a promising youngster coming through and they could not wait to take their opportunity.
The first half we gave chances. It is what it is, we can complain but we prefer to train better condition. It is not easy for the players but that is normal. We recover, rest, then play in the final.
West Ham created problems, they have quality.
It happens, after the summer time. That is the best way to improve.
But the playmaker admits the performance was a good once after a disruptive start to pre-season. I think everybody did a good job and we need to work hard.
We need that in the league. Read how Charlotte Duncker rated the players here.
Claudio Bravo gets down low at the near post to push away a free kick. Javier Hernandez is following up but can only hit the outside of the post.
City will be in the final on Saturday.
Moments after seeing another one-on-one chance saved, he is found free in the box by Kevin de Bruyne and makes no mistake. Image: Manchester City FC via Getty Ima 67' - City West Ham Hernandez gets the conversion Javier Hernandez with a finish more at home in rugby, as he leans back and sends the ball high over the crossbar from the edge of the area.
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