- De Bruyne injured on contested dribble
- Mahrez scores winner off bench
- Cherries out-attemped by 23-0 margin
Both players did not leave the stadium and finished the match on the bench, in what may be a hopeful sign.
Riyad Mahrez scored the goal as City moved atop the Premier League table by two points ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside Derby.
Bournemouth remains 12th, with 34 points.
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The Cherries were stout in the first half, especially impressive given the youth in their back line.
And perhaps their odds improved when both John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne were forced off due to injuries, the latter occurring during an uncontested dribble.
A substitute put Pep Guardiola‘s men ahead, with Riyad Mahrez bundling over the line from a tight angle.
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Sergio Aguero seemed the best bet to double the lead, but the match hit its final 20 minutes still 1-0.
Boruc was again the man to make a great reflex save on an 86th minute corner kick.
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