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Man City go top with defeat of Cardiff City (video)

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  • Sane with goal, assist
  • De Bruyne opens scoring
  • City back atop table with 80 points

Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane scored as Manchester City eased back atop the table with a 2-0 defeat of Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

City now leads second place Liverpool by one point, hitting the 80-point mark for the second-straight season. City also has a 9-goal advantage in goal differential.

Cardiff City remains 18th, five points back of safety.

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Neil Etheridge made a great stop on Riyad Mahrez in the match’s first stages, but it wasn’t a precursor to a legendary clean sheet.

De Bruyne made it 1-0 with an effort which is either a delightful strike or a wayward cross, and certainly looked more like the latter.

Bruno Ecuele Manga’s bad giveaway gave Gabriel Jesus the best of several early chances, but the Brazilian sent the ball over the bar.

Jesus turned playmaker when he chested a cross to Sane, who left no doubt with a low drive into the goal.

Etheridge made a fine stop on Phil Foden in the second half as Cardiff City bid to keep the score line in check.

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Cardiff City thrashes sorry Fulham to move out of drop zone

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  • Cardiff out of the drop zone
  • Paterson nabs winner
  • Fulham slide into 18th

Four different players scored as Cardiff City finally collected a win, moving out of the drop zone at the expense of woeful Fulham after a 4-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

Bobby Reid, Josh Murphy, Callum Paterson, and Kadeem Harris scored for the Bluebirds, who move 17th with five points.

Ryan Sessegnon and Andre Schurrle scored for Fulham, who dip into the drop zone on five points and an almost absurd 25 goals allowed through nine matches.

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If you had this one as the “four goals in about 20 minutes” match of the 10 a.m. ET kickoffs, well you’ve got a sick imagination (even with Fulham’s propensity for allowing goals).

But that’s how it went down in Wales, with Andre Schurrle’s remarkable 30 yards laser opening the scoring in the 11th minute.

Cardiff claimed the leader with goals in the 15th and 20th minutes. Josh Murphy equalized with a fine solo goal, and American defender Tim Ream‘s poor touch for Fulham then allowed Bobby Reid in on goal for 2-1.

Sessegnon then became the first player born in the 2000s to score a Premier League goal when he took a flick from Aleksandar Mitrovic and beat Neil Etheridge. 2-2.

But wait: Fulham had more poor defending on offer. A Bruno Ecuele Manga missed every clearing attempt in the fray, and Paterson made it 3-2 with 25 minutes to play.

Etheridge made a strong stop on Alfie Mawson in the 84th minute. And Real Betis loanee Victor Camarasa spotted Harris at the back post for 4-2 with minutes to play.

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Opportunistic Burnley wins at Cardiff City

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  • 0-0 at halftime
  • Cardiff out-attempts Burnley 19-3
  • Burnley scores with 1st shots on target
  • Murphy briefly equalizes for Bluebirds

Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Sam Vokes scored second half goals to lead Burnley to a 2-1 win over Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

Josh Murphy scored Cardiff City’s lone goal, as the Bluebirds remain in 19th place.

Burnley is 12th with seven points after consecutive PL wins.

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A sleepy game — it might’ve been in a coma, to be honest — was snapped awake by the inferior visitors, as Gudmundsson got high at the back post to pound a header into the turf and past Neil Etheridge. Not the best moment for the Cardiff goalkeeper.

And Cardiff answered, with Murphy’s terrific finish back across goal leveling the score at 1 with a half-hour to play in Wales. Bruno Ecuele Manga delivered the cross.

Vokes then restored Burnley’s lead in the 70th minute, stooping to turn Matej Vydra‘s cute cross past Etheridge.

Murphy dragged a shot just outside the near post in the 82nd minute.

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