Man City scores three in Southampton

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  • David Silva opens scoring
  • Saints level through Hojbjerg, who is later sent off
  • City scores a minute apart before halftime

Manchester City stopped its rot with a 3-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored to go along a James Ward-Prowse own goal, as City pulled to within seven points of Liverpool ahead of a big match on Thursday at the Etihad Stadium.

Saints are in 17th place, above victorious Burnley on goal differential, as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a wonderful goal in the first half but was sent off in the second for a high challenge.

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Alex McCarthy stopped an early chance, and Southampton nearly had a gilt-edged opportunity were it not for an off-balance Charlie Austin.

That was when Saints’ hopes to a big hit, with Bernardo Silva finding David Silva alone in the heart of the box for a calm finish past McCarthy. Dave’s done this before.

Riyad Mahrez took a long dribble after City broke the Saints’ high press, but blazed an arrow wide despite the presence of Raheem Sterling to his left for a presumably easier finish.

Saints leveled the score line through Hojbjerg, who took the ball off Oleksandr Zinchenko, dribbled into the City box, kept space from Vincent Kompany, and sweetly struck a ball past Ederson.

Raheem Sterling put City back in front, albeit the own goal route and with no help from McCarthy’s slow reaction to a deflected pass.

Aguero went a more traditional route, nodding home from a cross to make it 3-1 into the break.

McCarthy denied Mahrez a chance at 4-1 in the 80th minute of a mostly quiet second half, which got a little louder when Hojbjerg was shown red in the 85th for a studs-up challenge on Fernandinho.

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Sane, Man City ease to win at West Ham

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  • City scores twice in first 19 minutes
  • Hosts can’t convert early chances
  • Sane scores two more
  • Unhappy return for Manuel Pellegrini

Leroy Sane scored twice as Manchester City cruised past West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday, moving to 35 points with a 4-0 win on Saturday.

David Silva and Raheem Sterling also scored for City, while West Ham remains 13th with 12 points.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini did not enjoy his reunion with a club that loves him, seeing few chances after an early flurry from the hosts.

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It was clear that Manuel Pellegrini was playing to attack Fabian Delph at left back, especially on the counter, as Benjamin Mendy‘s absence loomed over the City XI.

And while there were moments in the first few minutes for the Irons, Silva and Sterling scored from within six yards in the 11th and 19th minutes, respectively.

For as good as City was early, it needed a pair of fine saves by Ederson to keep the sheet clean. Marko Arnautovic saw his shot through traffic thwarted by a diving keeper, and Ederson made it two-straight saves when Arnautovic slipped Michail Antonio into the right of the box.

City made it 3-0 with another well-worked team goal — won’t Pep be proud? — as Sane was on the business end of another deconstruction of West Ham’s back line.

Arnautovic was fortunate to remain in the game when his clumsy challenge landed on top of Delph’s planted ankle.

Sane added a fourth goal in stoppage time, as City and West Ham really just passed most of the second half for time.

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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.