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Man City atop group after blowout in Ukraine

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David Silva shone once again as Manchester City dominated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 at Donbass Arena in UEFA Champions League play on Tuesday.

Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte joined David Silva on the score sheet.

Hoffenheim’s late equalizer versus Lyon means Man City summits Group F at the midpoint, a point ahead of the Ligue 1 side and four clear of Hoffenheim and Shakhtar.

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Andriy Pyatov stopped Gabriel Jesus on one of City’s numerous early chances.

It was all City, but the finish wasn’t quite there. Riyad Mahrez was perhaps the biggest culprit, as playmaker David Silva provided ammunition for several goals.

So Silva just went and did the thing himself, making it 1-0 in the 30th minute with a volleyed finish of a blocked shot.

Floodgates opened? It seemed so, as Laporte notched a 34th minute marker, but Shakhtar held into halftime.

Bernardo scored a 70th minute goal soon after subbing into the match.

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Man City hangs five on Burnley as KDB returns

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  • City remains unbeaten
  • David Silva shines
  • De Bruyne returns in sub role

Fernandinho had a goal and an assist as Manchester City cruised past Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

David Silva had two assists for Man City, with Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, and Riyad Mahrez also scoring as City goes stays atop the table.

Kevin De Bruyne entered the game for the final 35 minutes or so, returning from a long injury absence.

Burnley remains 12th with nine points.

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Aguero came close but was denied by Joe Hart, but the Burnley keeper couldn’t do anything when the Argentine opened the scoring off a back post finish of a David Silva cross.

Man City should’ve had it 2-0 just before halftime, as Hart did well to palm David Silva’s header away but right to Aguero. He cut it over the yawning frame from a tight angle.

City out-attempted Burnley 13-4 in the half.

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City went up 2-0 in hilarious fashion, as Leroy Sane appealed for a penalty and Burnley’s players protested… while the ball was still in play.

David Silva kept pumping his legs to get to the ignored orb, and cut back for Bernardo to finish.

Fernandinho made it 3-0 in the 56th, when he side-footed a partial clearance into the top corner from atop the box.

Mahrez and Sane scored late to make the score line a proper reflection of the contest.

Man City 2-0 Brighton: Aguero and Sterling on target

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  • Manchester City held nearly 80% possession
  • Sergio Aguero scored his 5th goal of the season
  • Man City earned its third clean sheet in a row

Manchester City had little trouble moving to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday, brushing Brighton & Hove Albion aside for a 2-0 win. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero put the finishing touches on the pair of goals and City was never truly put to the test at the back.

The match started quite open, as both teams earned corners in the opening two minutes. Aguero tried an audacious overhead kick in traffic but it was weak and blocked.  Anthony Knockaert earned himself an early caution with a late, studs-up tackle on Oleksandr Zinchenko, catching the Ukranian square in the shin. Knockaert may consider himself lucky to remain on the pitch with just a yellow card shown.

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Brighton hardly had a touch of the ball as Manchester City had 70% possession through the opening 20 minutes. The hosts pummeled the Brighton box with 12 crosses over that span, but failed to produce a shot on target. Finally, they opened up the Seagulls right on the half-hour mark and it came on the counter. Leroy Sane forced the turnover, and he made a run which Aguero found, with the German crossing across the face of goal to Raheem Sterling for the sliding finish.

City continued to push forward, and Sane pulled back for Zinchenko on 37 minutes, but his stinging shot was blocked. Sterling put on a show weaving through the box past defenders, but his effort towards the near post was just tipped over by Matthew Ryan.

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Following the halftime break, City remained the more dangerous team by a clear margin. Near the half-hour mark, a second was nearly produced as Sane rifled a cross into the box, but the Brighton defenders threw their bodies around to block three separate efforts on net.

That second would come shortly after on 65 minutes, and it was spectacular. Sergio Aguero ran straight down the middle on the ball past no fewer than five Brighton defenders before feeding Sterling on the left. The England international didn’t stay on the ball long, returning it to Aguero at close range, and he finished easily.

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City’s second would wrap things up, as Pep Guardiola withdrew Sane and and Aguero with 20 minutes to go. Brighton threatened little all match, with just 21% possession and one lone shot on target. The three points at the Etihad push Manchester City up to the top of the Premier League table at the moment, with Liverpool still to play. Brighton sits in 14th, stuck in the crowded bottom half of the table with five points.

Man City buries Bluebirds in Wales

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  • Aguero scores opener
  • Gundogan shines
  • Sub Mahrez scores two

Manchester City rebounded from midweek Champions League disappointment to clobber Cardiff City 5-0 in Wales on Saturday.

Ilkay Gundogan had a goal and an assist, and Riyad Mahrez scored two goals off the bench for the Premier League champions. Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva also scored.

Cardiff’s two points have them in the Bottom Three, while Man City moves two points behind leaders Liverpool.

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Man City was almost ahead in the 12th minute when Sean Morrison blocked a cross that came close to own goal status.

Yet Cardiff might’ve come closest to scoring when Nicolas Otamendi’s desperation block just missed joining the own goal ranks in the 31st.

City went ahead within a minute, as Aguero raced in front of a pack of players to make it 1-0. That opened the proverbial floodgates, with Bernardo heading backwards into the far corner off a Leroy Sane cross and Gundogan potting from 18-plus yards.

Riyad Mahrez came on for Aguero, and quickly found the back of the net from Gundogan after some fine work from Raheem Sterling.

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Man City roll over Fulham

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  • City out-attempts Fulham 28-9
  • Three different goal scorers
  • Fulham one point above drop zone

Leroy Sane, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling scored goals as Manchester City cruised past Fulham with a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Man City remains unbeaten and has 13 points, two back of leaders Chelsea and Liverpool. Fulham has just two points on the season.

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Slavisa Jokanovic will be fuming with his Cottagers, even given the competition, after a pair of goals inside of the first 21 minutes.

Fernandinho caused a turnover in the midfield and raced down the left to send an invitation to Sane for a straight-forward finish.

It was Silva to Silva with help on the second goal, with Bernardo’s cross taking turns en route to David. The Spaniard usually finishes from these positions, and made it 2-0.

Sterling tapped in a 47th minute pass from Sergio Aguero for City’s third.

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