Manchester Is Blue: City rolls past United

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Ilkay Gundogan‘s goal capped a 44-pass sequence that displayed Manchester City’s genius in a 3-1 defeat of Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored City’s other goals, and Raheem Sterling was a 90-minute menace as City went back atop the Premier League.

Anthony Martial converted a Romelu Lukaku-won penalty for United, who was without Paul Pogba. United remains 8th with 20 points.

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David Silva gave City a deserved lead in the 12th minute after United was caught scrambling in the box. Raheem Sterling’s cross sailed to the back post.

It found Bernardo Silva, who cut back across goal to David Silva for two touches and a goal.

Bernardo fed Aguero in the 45th minute, but the Argentine had a nearly impossible angle to squeeze it past David De Gea.

All-in-all, United was fortunate to escape the half down 1-0.

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That score line didn’t last long, as Aguero worked a 1-2 with Riyad Mahrez before positively smashing the ball through the flailing arms of De Gea.

Romelu Lukaku subbed into the match and was promptly dropped in the box in a 50-50 with Ederson.

When City finally found its insurance goal, the class was unparalleled. This was “Barcelona at its best” from Pep’s men, with a 42-pass sequence leading to Gundogan’s finish.

What a goal.

Man City strikes for six versus Shakhtar

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  • Sterling wins controversial penalty
  • Jesus nabs hat trick
  • Silva scores, draws PK

Gabriel Jesus registered a hat trick with two goals from the spot as Manchester City bashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium to clinch a spot in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling also scored for City, who has to wait to clinch a knockout round berth thanks to Lyon’s 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim.

City can clinch the group with a win at Lyon on Nov. 27.

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City took the lead in the 13th minute, as Riyad Mahrez toyed with a couple of defenders near the right edge of the box before crossing for an easy Silva tap-in.

Mykola Matvyenko was whistled for a penalty when clumsy Raheem Sterling struck the ground attempting to a shoot, and Jesus made it 2-0 in the 24th.

It stayed that way into the break, and Sterling roared out of the break with this dribble and rocket combo. Fitting for the JPW’s reigning Premier League Player Power Rankings leader.

Taras Stepanenko took down David Silva in the box, allowing Jesus to become the first player from an English club to score two penalties in one UCL match since 2011 (Opta).

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Sterling, clinical Man City trounce Saints

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  • City scores on 6 of 7 shots on target
  • Sterling bags brace
  • Saints get Ings penalty

Raheem Sterling scored twice and Manchester City played gorgeous football in a 5-1 defeat of Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

David Silva, Leroy Sane, and Sergio Aguero also scored for City in addition to a Wesley Hoedt own goal as the reigning champions moved two points clear of second place Liverpool.

After a Wednesday visit from Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, City will host Manchester United on Sunday.

Saints are 16th, two points above the drop zone. Danny Ings penalty was their first goal in 505 minutes of Premier League play.

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An own goal put City ahead, with Aguero finding David Silva to start it. Silva’s vision to find Leroy Sane was superb, and the German’s cross was put into the goal by a sliding Hoedt.

It was 2-0 in the 12th minute, as Aguero became the second-fastest to 150 Premier League goals in league history by slamming a tight-angled Raheem Sterling pass into the goal from inside the six.

And then three: David Silva got a deserved finish of his own in the 18th minute when he reaped the rewards of Sane and Sterling production.

Saints stemmed the tide for a moment when Ryan Bertrand played Ings through on goal, and Ederson took down the English striker in the box. Ings rolled it in with class for Saints’ first PL goal in 505 minutes.

First half stoppage saw the lead return to three goals, when Aguero was given several benefits of the doubt in a touch line tussle to win possession from Cedric Soares. His cutback found Sterling, who bungled his first touch but smashed an ensuing one into the goal.

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Ederson thwarted a 47th minute chance from Saints to pull to within two, stopping Danny Ings rebound after spilling a hard shot from James Ward-Prowse.

Sterling made it 5-1 to the hosts with his second of the night and sixth of the season, and Sane was rewarded for a fine match with a goal of his own in stoppage time.

WATCH: David Silva’s thunderous volley part of 4-goal Man City half

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If there was such a thing as a Premier League white flag, Southampton boss Mark Hughes might be tempted to wave it.

Saints trail Manchester City 4-1 at the break, a Danny Ings won and converted penalty its only highlight at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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Man City will take a two-point lead on Liverpool atop the Premier League barring an unprecedented comeback from Southampton.

The match began with a Wesley Hoedt own goal, and Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Leroy Sane, and Raheem Sterling have been the stars of the show.

All but Sane have goals already, and we’re picking Silva’s volley (above) as the best of the bunch.

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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