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 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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Manchester City to brink of Premier League title

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  • Jesus scores early
  • Gundogan converts controversial PK
  • Eriksen pulls one back before half
  • City out shoots Spurs 17-7

Raheem Sterling won a penalty kick and later scored a goal of his own as Manchester City rebounded from a nightmare week to belt Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan also scored for City, who is now two points from the Premier League title and would clinch Sunday if West Brom upset Manchester United.

Christian Eriksen scored for Spurs, whose 67 points are three back of third place Liverpool with a match-in-hand.

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Man City almost had a stunner right off the bat, with David Silva slipping Raheem Sterling to the right end line. Sterling crossed for Leroy Sane, who belted a gorgeous side volley off the post from 15 yards.

Jesus put City ahead in Route One fashion from Vincent Kompany, and it was only 1-0 for a short period of time.

Jon Moss awarded a penalty to City when Hugo Lloris barreled over Raheem Sterling on the edge of the 18, and Gundogan scored about as a pretty a penalty as you’ll see, kissing it off the post to make it 2-0 in the 25th minute.

Ben Davies went studs-up into Kompany and drew the Belgian’s ire and a yellow card.

Kane sent Eriksen through on goal, and the Danish attacker got a fortunate bounce for a fine finish to make it 2-1 in the 42nd.

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City grew back into the match over the first 15 minutes of the second half, but both Jesus and Sterling wasted prime chances to restore the two-goal advantage.

Sterling butchered a chance to make it 3-1 by dribbling around a prone Hugo Lloris only to get his shot blocked by an also prone Kieran Trippier.

Yet he’d score off the ensuing corner kick when Lloris palmed Jesus’ effort onto Sterling’s path. 3-1, 72′.

Ederson collected a low Eriksen shot in the 87th minute, and parried a Lucas Moura effort in stoppage time.

Not yet: Pogba leads Manchester Derby comeback

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  • Kompany heads City in front
  • Gundogan coolly makes it 2-0
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  • Pogba’s quickfire brace levels it
  • Alexis Sanchez involved in 3 goals
  • City fails to clinch title

It took 16 minutes for Manchester City’s day to go from celebrating the Premier League title to losing to a rival for the second time in a week.

Paul Pogba scored twice in 100 second-half seconds to put Manchester City’s title celebrations on pause, and Chris Smalling made amends for an early error to lead United to a 3-2 win over City on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan scored to stake City to a halftime lead. City can next win the league with a win at Tottenham next week accompanied by a Man Utd loss versus West Brom.

United is now 13 points behind City and four points ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham.

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The home support at the Etihad was screaming for a penalty when a sliding Antonio Valencia saw a cross bound off his hand.

United earned a corner kick when Ederson played short to Vincent Kompany out of the box. The Belgian’s pass was picked off by a surging Red Devils press.

Paul Pogba had a few timely interventions in the center of the park, though one was unaided by his teammates and led to David Silva lashing over the goal.

David De Gea made a right leg stop when Bernardo Silva got a tame in-tight effort on goal.

The poetics of Kompany getting on the board in the 25th minute aren’t lost on the blue side of Manchester, and he thundered by Chris Smalling to smoke a header beyond De Gea despite a strong tug on the back of shirt.

An ethereal turn from Gundogan put the title on their lips, as he finished a 1-2 by slipping a goal inside the far post.

Raheem Sterling skied two good chances to make it 3-0 over the goal.

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It wouldn’t have been a Manchester Derby with a drama-free second half, but Pogba made sure it was chock full of fun.

First, the United midfielder ran into the box to collect an Ander Herrera chest pass of Alexis Sanchez’s cross, and it was less than four minutes later that he deftly headed Sanchez’s cross directly to make it 2-2.

Jesse Lingard dragged a shot wide in the 60th minute as United looked to complete the comeback, but the Red Devils found their 3-2 lead through Smalling when the defender raced onto Sanchez’s free kick in the 70th minute.

Now down to a rival for the second time in a week, Guardiola introduced Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. Then Sergio Aguero, who nearly won a penalty when Young skittered into his ankle inside the box after knocking the ball away from the Argentine.

The game descended into a foul and banter festival for about five minutes, as Martin Atkinson handed out yellow cards to Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, and Paul Pogba.

De Gea didn’t have his A-plus game, but made an A-plus save on Aguero in the 89th minute. And he made an outstanding save when Sterling plunked a ball off the post and back toward the goal line on the ensuing corner kick.

AT HALF: Kompany thunder, Gundogan silk have Man City on brink (video)

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Manchester City is all over Manchester United, building a 2-0 halftime lead at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and moving to within one half of the Premier League title.

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Pep Guardiola‘s men are showing no ill effects of a 3-0 first leg UEFA Champions League loss to Liverpool on Wednesday, and City has done it with Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Aymeric Laporte on the bench.

The poetics of Vincent Kompany getting on the board in the 25th minute aren’t lost on the blue side of Manchester, and he thundered by Chris Smalling to smoke a header beyond De Gea despite a strong tug on the back of shirt.

An ethereal turn from Gundogan put the title on their lips, as he finished a 1-2 by slipping a goal inside the far post.