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Man City smashes Basel with 4 away goals

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Manchester City essentially rendered the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Basel moot in a 4-0 blasting St. Jakob-Park.

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Ilkay Gundogan scored in each half, and City built a 3-0 lead in Switzerland and have more than one foot in the quarterfinals.

Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero also scored for City, which can prepare for the March 7 home leg with relative comfort.

Gundogan’s second was a ripper.

Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City: Aguero, KDB on fire

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  • Sterling scores very early
  • Vardy nabs 13th PL goal
  • Aguero scores four
  • De Bruyne assists three

Sergio Aguero put an exclamation point on a thrilling night with a glorious fourth goal as Manchester City scored in the first three minutes of each half to beat Leicester City 5-1 on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings for goals by Raheem Sterling and two of Sergio Aguero’s four.

Man City’s point total means it could lose every remaining league match and finish no lower than sixth. City has 72 points and a 16-point lead on Man Utd, who plays Sunday.

Jamie Vardy scored for Leicester, making him the first player in league history to score against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur in the same season.

The Foxes remains eighth with 35 points.

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Sterling proved his confidence was fine despite a brutal late miss against Burnley, meeting Kevin De Bruyne’s cross for a third minute goal inside the six-yard box.

A Christian Fuchs stop on Sergio Aguero brought a counter attack for Leicester, and Vardy moved past an Ilkay Gundogan slide tackle to shoot past a continually backing off Aymeric Laporte and behind Ederson. 1-1, 25′.

Sterling dove to win a dangerous free kickoff Wilfred Ndidi in the 36th minute, but a leaping Nicolas Otamendi could not meet De Bruyne’s long range pass.

The goal scorer fooled Kasper Schmeichel on a dribble inside the six, but a sliding Aleksandar Dragovic meant Sterling won a corner kick, not a brace.

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It took less than three minutes of the second half for De Bruyne to work more magic, putting together a brilliant team goal for Aguero with Oleksandar Zinchenko and Sterling.

De Bruyne slipped Aguero through for another within 10 minutes, continuing his almost certain PL Player of the Year campaign.

Schmeichel would later give the ball to Aguero inside the 18 to complete another hat trick for one of the PL’s all-time greats.

And Aguero made it four for him and five for his side when he took a feed from Phil Foden and lashed a beauty off the underside of the bar.

Man City 3-0 West Brom: Pep’s boys extend lead

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  • Man City have won 16 of their last 17 PL games v West Brom, with 13 in a row
  • Man City have won their last 11 home games in all competitions
  • Guardiola’s men have gone 15 points clear atop the table

Manchester City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Fernandinho‘s early goal set them on their way against a stubborn Baggies outfit, while Kevin De Bruyne polished things off in the second half to cap another Man of the Match display, plus Sergio Aguero got in on the act too.

With the win Pep Guardiola‘s side remain on course for the PL title with 68 points from 25 games, while Alan Pardew‘s West Brom remain bottom of the PL table on 20 points.

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As club-record signing Aymeric Laporte made his debut in defense following his $80 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao, City did all the pressing early on as De Bruyne whipped in a shot from distance which was pushed out at his near post by Ben Foster.

Fernandinho then appeared to step on Grzegorz Krychowiak when he was on the ground but referee Bobby Madley waved away calls for a red card.

The home side kept pushing forward and got their reward as a sumptuous ball forward from KDB found Fernandinho to slot home and make it 1-0.

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City went close to making it 2-0 before half time as David Silva played the ball across goal but Sergio Aguero couldn’t connect with his finish, then KDB had a tame effort saved by Foster.

It was all City as half time arrived but they did have to replace Silva with Ilkay Gundogan.

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City almost made it 2-0 with an audacious back heel attempt from Aguero but Foster saved well down low as the home side dominated the second half.

Daniel Sturridge did come on for his West Brom debut but they didn’t stop the flow of City attacks.

De Bruyne delivered the hammer blow as he picked the ball up on the halfway line, charged towards goal and played in Raheem Sterling.

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Sterling then cut the ball back for De Bruyne to slot home and Aguero finished off another Sterling assist late on to make it 3-0 and complete yet another routine win for City.

Leroy Sane says “when,” not if, Man City wins title after first PL defeat

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For the first time this season, Manchester City suffered defeat at the hands of Liverpool in one of the season’s most thrilling matches to date.

That hasn’t left the Cityzens feeling defeated though.

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One of Man City’s attacking stars told reporters after the match that Guardiola’s squad will still go on to hoist the Premier League trophy in 2017/18 despite their first league setback.

“We are disappointed to lose a game, it is a long time since we won here at Anfield,” Leroy Sane told BBC after the match.

“But at the end of the season, when we win the Premier League, nobody cares if we lost a game.”

City nearly mounted a comeback at Anfield on the day, falling 4-3 to Jurgen Klopp‘s side behind a late push from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan‘s finishes.

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The Manchester side still holds a comfortable 15-point lead over second place rivals Manchester United, who has a game in hand.

Liverpool ends unbeaten run of rattled Man City

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  • Goals traded in first 45
  • Reds score three in eight minutes
  • Man City’s 30-game PL unbeaten run ends
  • B. Silva, Gundogan score late
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Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah scored second half goals as Liverpool topped Man City 4-3 at Anfield on Sunday

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leroy Sane traded first half goals before Liverpool exploded after the break. The Reds move third with the win on 47 points, 15 back of leaders City.

Bernardo Silva scored in the 84th minute and Ilkay Gundogan nabbed one in stoppage time for Man City to close the gap.

Virgil Van Dijk missed out for Liverpool with a minor leg injury.

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were perhaps a bit too excited to find a fourth minute break, and an early chance was wasted but a warning sign proffered to Man City.

Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring to cap a frenetic first 10 minutes when he belted a low shot past a slow-to-react Ederson. It was 1-0.

Sergio Aguero just missed a sliding equalizer when his offside run nearly met a Kevin De Bruyne cross.

Minutes later, Leroy Sane saw a left-footed shot deflect off Dejan Lovren‘s back and out for a corner kick which City played short. And Karius was low to collect a De Bruyne shot in the 35th minute.

Fabian Delph was injured and replaced by Danilo, but it was another fullback who picked up an assist as Man City, to the surprise of few, had an answer before the break.

Kyle Walker sent a long ball over the top of the defense to Sane, and an overeager Joe Gomez let Sane’s chest trap befuddle him. The German then cooked Joel Matip before blasting an effort past Loris Karius to make it 1-1.

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Nicolas Otamendi’s fine season nearly took the next step when his header off a 51st minute corner popped off the cross bar.

Liverpool’s aim to reclaim the lead was stymied by an Ederson stop on Salah, but a corner soon followed when Oxlade-Chamberlain’s attempt at a brace was partially blocked by City.

Firmino did restore the advantage when he bodied off John Stones and chipped Ederson to make it 2-1 in the 60th.

And Anfield just avoided pure bedlam when Mane cranked a shot off the cross bar less than a minute after the goal.

That wild reaction arrived in the 62nd minute when Mane got another chance. Salah blocked an Otamendi clearance, and a composed Mane betrayed his cool with a vicious strike past Ederson.

Then this, from Salah:

But it wasn’t over, somehow. Bernardo Silva was in the catbird seat to pull within two, and Gundogan just poked a ball home in the first of four minutes of stoppage time.

City then won a free kick in the fourth minute of stoppage. De Bruyne presided over the effort, as Klopp subtituted Ragnar Klavan for Mane to waste precious time.

Aguero’s diving header deceived the eyes and the rules as he was offside when his header sailed into the outside of the netting.