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FA fines Man City’s Sagna over “10 against 12” Instagram message

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LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has fined Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna 40,000 pounds (around $50,000) for an Instagram post about a referee.

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Sagna posted a photo with the caption “10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team” on the social network site following City’s 2-1 win against Burnley on Jan. 2.

Sagna later amended the post to read “still fighting and winning as a team” after a match that saw referee Lee Mason send off midfielder Fernandinho.

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The FA also warned Sagna about his future conduct.

Hull City 0-3 Manchester City: Tigers outclassed

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  • Sterling draws 2nd half penalty
  • Yaya Toure converts PK
  • Iheanacho scores
  • Hull concede late own goal

Yaya Toure converted a Raheem Sterling won penalty in the 72nd minute, sending Man City back into second place in the Premier League table after a 3-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Monday.

Kevin De Bruyne slid a ball to David Silva, who found substitute Kelechi Iheanacho for an insurance goal in the 78th minute. Sterling then prodded Curtis Davies into an own goal for the final score line.

City is now 7 points behind Chelsea and two points ahead of Liverpool, which plays Stoke City on Tuesday.

Hull City sits 20th, behind Swansea City on goal differential and four points shy of 17th place Crystal Palace.

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Man City lost starting center back John Stones after just 17 minutes, as the Englishman’s up-and-down debut season in Manchester fell victim to a leg injury. Aleksandar Kolarov replaced him.

Silva dribbled up the middle to curl a low shot. David Marshall saved it, but the amount of room given to the Spanish attacker was surprising.

Hull’s tactics, understandably, were to hope for a hit on the counter. Robert Snodgrass had a rare chance on a 44th minute free kick, but his pass was too shallow to beat the City line. Another one came just after the break, and was perfect service if not for the Tigers’ runs.

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The second half began with a lively Kevin De Bruyne, and he whipped a shot off the near post as Man City looked to break through and snare an opener.

Snodgrass’ service remained strong on a 58th minute free kick that went out for a corner. Bacary Sagna cleared that off the line when Claudio Bravo went a-wandering off the line and didn’t claim the ball.

Hull wasn’t done, and the game looked almost up for grabs as the game edged past the hour mark. Kevin De Bruyne had another chance to finish flash wide of the near post.

Iheanacho had a weaker effort snared by Marshall at the back post as the game neared its final 20 minutes.

Andrew Robertson chopped down Sterling in the 72nd minute, and Toure stepped to the spot to finish with vigor.

De Bruyne then spotted Silva on the right, who hit a pass in front of the spot for a streaking Iheanacho to pass behind Marshall.

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Sagna praises Aguero as “one of the best players I have played with”

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Everything about Manchester City’s start to the 2016/17 Premier League season has been right, and Bacary Sagna is already praising the squad’s biggest attacking threat.

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With the Citizens already on 18 points and unbeaten in their opening six matches, the veteran defender was quick to note the importance of Argentine striker Sergio Aguero — who has already notched five tallies.

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Aguero, 28, has posted nine straight double-digit goalscoring seasons, dating back to his time in La Liga with Atletico Madrid. Last season, the Argentine netted 29 goals across all competitions, including 24 finishes in the PL.

“He is one of the best players I have played with, not just because he scores goals but also because of his attitude – he always wants to give his maximum for his team and bring the team up,” Sagna said of Aguero’s effort.

“His two goals showed his class. He has such desire in front of the box, and in the box itself. He is great.”

Sagna laments Manchester City’s possible Top Four failure

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Manchester City no longer has its UEFA Champions League destiny in his hands, and defender Bacary Sagna can barely believe it.

If Manchester United wins its last two matches and Arsenal doesn’t lose to Aston Villa, the Red Devils will make the Top Four regardless of what City does against Swansea City on Sunday.

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The veteran fullback, 33, says the UCL semifinalists should be contending for the league, but haven’t found the right level of consistency.

From BBC.com:

“We had everything in our hands to be the best,” said 33-year-old Sagna. “If we play like we did against Arsenal we are the best team, but we have to play like this all season. We deserve it. We gave it a lot. Of course we are not perfect, of course we could have done better, but we deserve to be in the Champions League places.”

It’s the lament of a man who knows his team underachieved, regardless of whether they make it back to the UCL. Manuel Pellegrini deserved a better fate, but Leicester’s crashing of the Top Four demanded a regular be sacrificed. It could very well be City.

Manchester City 2-0 Watford: Sterling scores, hosts make history in comfortable win

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  • Sterling has first City goal
  • Citizens remain unbeaten
  • Watford suffers first PL loss
  • Fernandinho adds insurance tally

Raheem Sterling’s first goal for Manchester City broke a halftime deadlock, helping the unbeaten Citizens to a 2-0 win over visiting Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City has now won 10-straight Premier League matches across seasons, and has yet to concede a goal this season.

Fernandinho also scored for City, burying a hard shot across and past Gomes in the 56th.

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City dominated the first half, with the speed to settle any Watford counter, but showed little flair or knack for breaking through the Hornets’ defenders.

Heurelho Gomes was forced into one low save off the boot of Bacary Sagna, but Watford maintained the 0-0 score line into halftime.

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Sterling broke his duck shortly after the break, as David Silva laid off for Bacary Sagna on the right flank, and the ex-Liverpool man darted in to score past Gomes.

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