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Man City put three past Burnley to go five points clear

Aguero celebrates

Aguero’s 177th Manchester City goal came from the spot

Sergio Aguero equalled Manchester City’s all-time goalscoring record as his side beat Burnley to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Aguero’s first-half goal, from a controversial penalty, was his 177th for the club and brought him level with Eric Brook’s record, as well as sending City on their way to an 11th straight win – equalling another club record.

But they had to work hard to see off a resolute Clarets side who were unhappy with the decision that led to them going behind.

A pack of Burnley players protested when Roger East pointed to the spot after visiting keeper Nick Pope tangled with Bernardo Silva, but replays showed Pope’s knee came down on Silva’s foot as he slid in.

Nick Pope brings down Bernardo Silva<!–

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was not happy with the way Bernardo Silva went down for the penalty

Aguero stepped up to calmly slot home, but Burnley, who arrived at the Etihad on the back of a six-game unbeaten run, did not lie down and their determined approach limited further City chances.

Sean Dyche’s side had few sights of goal themselves, but it took two goals in the space of two second-half minutes from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane for the home side to make sure of the points.

Otamendi rose highest from Sane’s corner to power a header into the corner, despite the presence of Steven Defour on the post.

Sane galloped on to a precise through ball from Kevin de Bruyne to score City’s third goal, their 20th in their past four home Premier League games.

City, two points clear before the game, extended their lead over second-placed Manchester United, who lost 2-1 at Huddersfield Town.

Aguero back, and back in the goals

Pep Guardiola believed Manchester City's penalty was the correct decision by referee Roger East<!–

Pep Guardiola believed Manchester City’s penalty was the correct decision by referee Roger East

It is only 23 days since Aguero injured his ribs in a car crash in an Amsterdam taxi, but he made a very happy return to action to make his 262nd appearance for City.

The 29-year-old Argentina striker, who joined the club for £38m in 2011, was an unused substitute in City’s previous two games but was recalled by Pep Guardiola and took his chance.

Aguero missed from the spot when he had the chance to equal Brook’s record in his last game, against Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of September, but he made no mistake this time.

He went close to breaking Brook’s record too, going close with a fierce shot across goal following a run to the edge of the area, and bringing a fine save from Pope.

That landmark will have to wait, but this was still his day and he left the pitch to a standing ovation and a warm embrace from his manager after 76 minutes, to be replaced by Gabriel Jesus.

Burnley away run ends, but not without a fight

Burnley's average position (right) saw them sit deep. They had less than 10% possession in the opening 10 minutes but became slightly more adventurous as the game went on.<!–

Burnley’s average position (right) saw them sit deep. They had less than 10% possession in the opening 10 minutes but became slightly more adventurous as the game went on.

Burnley arrived at the Etihad on the back of an impressive run of away form that had seen them beat Chelsea and Everton and draw with Liverpool and Tottenham.

They approached this game in the same way, by defending with determination and working hard to deny City space and chances.

The Clarets succeeded in making life difficult for their hosts, although Pope had to make good saves from De Bruyne, David Silva and Aguero, while James Tarkowski made a typically brave block with his head to stop Bernardo Silva from scoring.

Dyche’s side had less success at the other end, although Chris Wood forced Ederson to come rushing from his goal when he battled through and Scott Arfield should have done better when the ball broke to him on the edge of the box.

Man of the match – Leroy Sane

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Leroy Sane was a livewire throughout and a constant threat down the left or right. He made one goal – Otamendi’s header – and the one he scored moments later (pictured) was the best of the game.

Trophies not records – manager reaction…

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola on a club record-equalling 11th straight win: “It means a lot. The record is good if you lift something – titles or a trophy.

“It is not easy to win 11 in a row, so it’s good. I’m so happy to continue our winning mentality.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche on the penalty: “The problem is at the moment, there is contact. But if I contact my kid in the garden I would be amazed if he got that high of the floor. It is amazing how high these players go. How the referee has seen it… I had to watch it four times to see contact.

“If that’s a penalty then I want one on Chris Wood last week. We just want parity.”

Sane shining – the stats

  • This is Manchester City’s joint-best points return after the first nine games of a Premier League season alongside (2011-12). The only team with more points at this stage of the season were Chelsea (27) in 2005-06.
  • Pep Guardiola has won 25 points so far this season with Man City; only in 2015-16 (27 pts with Bayern Munich) has he won more points as a manager from the opening nine games of the season.
  • Leroy Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League appearances for Man City.
  • Sane has been involved in nine goals in his last six Premier League games for City (five goals, four assist).
  • Since his Man City debut in September 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 33 assists in the Premier League, more than any other player.

What next?

Manchester City host Wolves in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (20:00 BST), then travel to play West Brom next Saturday (15:00).

Burnley are next in action on Monday, 30 October, when they are at home to Newcastle (20:00).

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 3, Burnley 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Burnley 0.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Hand ball by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Yaya Touré.

Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Westwood replaces Steven Defour.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Robbie Brady (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Manchester City. Yaya Touré replaces Fernandinho.

Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.

Goal! Manchester City 3, Burnley 0. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Goal! Manchester City 2, Burnley 0. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Nick Pope.

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Burnley).

Substitution, Burnley. Johann Berg Gudmundsson replaces Jeff Hendrick.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David Silva.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Fernandinho.

Jack Cork (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Fabian Delph (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Burnley).

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