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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Sergio Agüero (17')
  • Bernardo Silva (54')
  • Fernandinho (56')
  • Riyad Mahrez (83')
  • Leroy Sané (90')

Manchester City back on top of table after 5-0 crushing of Burnley

Champions Manchester City took over sole control at the top of the Premier League with an easy 5-0 win over Burnley, a seventh win from their opening nine games.

Unbeaten City took the lead in the 17th minute when Sergio Aguero slotted home from close range after clever play from Leroy Sane and David Silva for his seventh goal in seven games against Burnley.

City should have doubled their lead just before the break but Burnley keeper Joe Hart, facing his former club for the first time, produced a superb one-handed save to keep out a David Silva header and Aguero missed the follow-up.

Burnley stuck at their task until the 54th minute when they gifted City a second goal. Sane's appeal for a penalty was turned down but the Clarets' defence stopped and David Silva passed to the unmarked Bernardo Silva for a simple finish.

Two minutes later City put the game beyond Burnley when the visitors' attempt to clear a corner fell to Fernandinho and he thumped home from outside the box.

City manager Pep Guardiola responded by bringing on Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who had not played since the opening game of the season due to a knee injury, much to the delight of the crowd.

A superb curling shot from Riyad Mahrez into the top corner made it 4-0 seven minutes from the end, and Sane turned in a late fifth.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 31 +52 76
2 Manchester City 30 +58 74
3 Tottenham Hotspur 30 +25 61
4 Arsenal 30 +24 60
5 Manchester United 30 +18 58
6 Chelsea 30 +17 57
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 +2 44
8 Watford 30 -2 43
9 West Ham United 31 -5 42
10 Leicester City 31 -3 41
11 Everton 31 +1 40
12 AFC Bournemouth 31 -13 38
13 Newcastle United 31 -9 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 -5 33
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
16 Southampton 30 -16 30
17 Burnley 31 -24 30
18 Cardiff City 30 -30 28
19 Fulham 31 -41 17
20 Huddersfield Town 31 -39 14