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Man City go back to the top with easy win at Fulham

Man City go back to the top with easy win at Fulham

Only four of Sergio Aguero's 19 Premier League goals this season have come away from home.Manchester City cruised back to the top of the Premier League as they condemned strugglers Fulham to their eighth consecutive defeat.Pep Guardiola's side quickly established their superiority in the west London sunshine, with Bernardo Silva's 20-yard drive finding the bottom left corner inside five minutes.City, who had 10 shots in the first 15 minutes, added their second when Sergio Aguero sublimely lifted the ball over home goalkeeper Sergio Rico from close range.
Some woeful defending from Fulham - who have now conceded 72 goals, the worst record in the top flight - contributed to both goals, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Joe Bryan both guilty of gifting the ball to City near their own goal.Scott Parker's side also struggled to make an impression at the other end of the pitch and failed to register a shot on target.City, who are chasing an unprecedented quadruple, move one point above Liverpool, who host Tottenham on Sunday (16:30 BST kick-off).The Cottagers stay second bottom, 13 points from safety with six league games remaining.
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Aguero's key contribution
By the time Aguero was substituted in the 57th minute Manchester City were well on their way to a seventh consecutive Premier League victory.And the 30-year-old, who is the division's top scorer with 19 goals, played as decisive role as usual in the final third.He may have only managed 22 touches, but one of his first was seizing on to Fosu-Mensah's mistake to assist Silva's opening goal.Silva then repaid the favour to provide the Argentina forward the chance to continue his own rich vein of form - and Aguero delivered his 14th goal in his past 14 appearances.His darting run gave him the time to execute the deftest of finishes as Rico closed in to narrow an already tight angle. It was Aguero's only shot on target but it brought him his fourth goal in seven Premier League starts against Fulham.It also underlined his prowess against sides that come up from the Championship.Since his arrival in England from Atletico Madrid in 2011, no player has been involved in more Premier League goals against newly promoted teams than Aguero - who has scored 29 times and provided seven assists.More to follow.
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Line-ups
Fulham
25Rico
22ChristieBooked at 67mins[/i]
21Fosu-Mensah
20Le MarchandBooked at 80mins[/i]
5Chambers
23Bryan
11AyiteSubstituted forKebanoat 64'minutes
29Zambo Anguissa
10CairneySubstituted forSchurrleat 70'minutes
3R Sessegnon
12BabelSubstituted forMcDonaldat 88'minutes
Substitutes
4Odoi
6McDonald
7Kebano
14Schurrle
19Vietto
31Fabri
43S Sessegnon
Man City
31Ederson
2Walker
30Otamendi
14Laporte
35Zinchenko
17De BruyneSubstituted forFernandinhoat 75'minutes
8Gundogan
21Silva
20Bernardo Silva
10AgueroSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 57'minutes
7SterlingSubstituted forMahrezat 88'minutes
Substitutes
3Danilo
5Stones
19Sane
25Fernandinho
26Mahrez
33Gabriel Jesus
49Muric
Referee:Kevin FriendAttendance:25,001
Match Stats
Home TeamFulhamAway TeamMan CityPossessionHome35%Away65%ShotsHome5Away24Shots on TargetHome0Away7CornersHome0Away11FoulsHome4Away12
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Match ends, Fulham 0, Manchester City 2.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Manchester City 2.Posted at 90' Foul by Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City).Posted at 90' Andre Schurrle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 88' Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling.
Substitution
Posted at 88' Substitution, Fulham. Kevin McDonald replaces Ryan Babel.Posted at 87' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gundogan.Posted at 87' Attempt blocked. Andre Schurrle (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.Posted at 86' Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).Posted at 86' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 84' Attempt missed. Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.Posted at 83' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a headed pass.Posted at 82' Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).Posted at 82' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 81' Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).Posted at 81' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Booking
Posted at 80' Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 80' Kyle Walker (Manchester City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.Posted at 78' Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).Posted at 78' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 78' Offside, Fulham. Timothy Fosu-Mensah tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.Posted at 77' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 76' Delay in match Andre Schurrle (Fulham) because of an injury.
Substitution
Posted at 75' Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Kevin De Bruyne.Posted at 74' Offside, Fulham. Andre Schurrle tries a through ball, but Maxime Le Marchand is caught offside.Posted at 74' Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).Posted at 74' Andre Schurrle (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution
Posted at 70' Substitution, Fulham. Andre Schurrle replaces Tom Cairney.Posted at 69' Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).Posted at 69' Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 68' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Booking
Posted at 67' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 67' David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 67' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).Posted at 66' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.Posted at 65' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
Substitution
Posted at 64' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayite.Posted at 63' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 63' Delay in match Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham) because of an injury.Posted at 62' Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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