City sweep Burnley to open 5-point lead

Manchester City continued with their fine form as they thrashed Burnley 3-0 at Etihad. Goals from Aguero, Otamendi and Sane ensured Guardiola’s men open a five gap lead with 25 points as rivals United suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 in the hands of Huddersfield.

It wasn’t the kind of start which was anticipated from the Citizens as the hosts looked uncharacteristically sluggish in possession in the opening minutes of the game. Guardiola’s men had a couple of misplaced passes which was unlike to them but good for Burnley. The visitors got the chance to take the lead in the 16th minute, a long ball from Cork was poorly handled by Walker and Wood bundled past Otamendi before Ederson rushed to deny the Burnley forward. The follow-up fell to Arfield but the midfielder was penalised for going in late on Ederson in what looked like a 50-50 challenge.

City were awarded a penalty with 28 minutes of play as Bernardo Silva went down under the challenge of Pope in the box. It was a dramatic tumble by Silva but the goalkeeper appeared to catch his ankle which saw Burnley players incensed by Silva’s fall and players reactions left Tarkowski and Sane booked. Aguero scored from the spot, sending Pope the wrong way, a record-equalling Eric Brook at the top of City’s all-time goalscoring chart both with 177 goals.  

HT Manchester City 1-0 Burnley

The visitors became hard to crack in the second half and became a bit more dominant side denying City chances to create threats in the box. With eight minutes of play Burnley came close to levelling, a free-kick was pumped high into the City’s box which caused chaos in wet and windy conditions. Delph tried to hook away but smashed the ball onto his own hand, prompting a Burnley penalty shout which wasn’t given.

73 minutes of play Otamendi gave City a breather after grabbing a second goal from a David Silva’s corner.Two minutes later the Citizens became more comfortable snatching the third. Aguero flicked around the corner, freeing De Bruyne in the space who picked a wonderful pass to Sane and the winger did the rest converting past Pope.   

FT Manchester City 3-0 Burnley

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