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Super Eagles returnee Victor Moses Saturday evening inspired his club West Ham to a 2-1 shocking win over leaders ManchesterCity at the Etihad Stadium.
The visitors took a surprise lead after just six minutes, as Moses collected a pass from Dimitri Payet before firing a shot pass Joe Hart from 25 yards.
Sergio Aguero missed a superb opportunity to peg the Hammers back, as the Argentine striker rounded Adrian outside the box, before dragging his shot wide.
The visitors doubled their lead on 31 minutes, after Winston Reid missed a chance from a corner, before Pedro Obiang recovered the ball and found Sakho to finish from close range.
Aguero missed two great chances to find a City goal before half time, as the striker sent an effort high and wide, before missing another from the inside the penalty area moments later.
The hosts reduced the deficit to one goal in added time, as Kevin De Bruyne struck a powerful effort into the bottom corner of the West Ham goal.
After the break Moses could have restored West Ham’s two-goal cushion, but his strike missed the target, before Jesus Navas found Yaya Toure with a cross, but his effort went wide.
City appealed for a penalty after Sakho brought down Aleksandar Kolarov in the box, but the official waved away the claims.
The Hammers resiliently held on until the final whistle, denying the City strike force any chance of an equaliser to become the first side to take points of City this season.
The win for the East London side puts them second in the Premier League table, three points behind City.
It was a second defeat for City in the space of four days after losing to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.
Pellegrini said: “It was frustrating because I think they were three very important points here at home.
“We conceded two easy goals and that maybe was one of the reasons why we didn’t win.
“In the last two games, we didn’t play with the concentration and intensity we need in defending.
“Juventus shot twice at our goal and they scored two goals. Today it was exactly the same. One shot at the edge of the box and one corner were all the offensive volume West Ham had in the whole game.
“We must concentrate more because two balls decided the result.”
Slaven Bilic has said that West Ham United deserved to beat Manchester City.
“You need a bit more if you want to score two goals here, or two at the Emirates or three at Anfield. You need not only to work, but you have no chance if you are not sprinting in the last minute of the game,” Bilic said.
“To be fair, we deserved it with the way we played in the first half and the way we were fighting in the second half, but this was a different game than the one at the Emirates and the one at Anfield.
“This was much, much harder for us. In the second half, City created, they pressed us and they were the better team, to be fair, and if they had equalised it would have been deserved.”
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