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Manchester City 5-1 Bournemouth: Sterling hat trick keeps City top

  • Sterling scores first City hat trick
  • Murray pulled a goal back
  • City stay top on 21 points
  • Bony bags two goals

Manchester City cruised to a 5-1 win over Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, as the Citizens remain top of the Premier League.

A stunning first half from the Citizens saw them go 2-0 up early on as Raheem Sterling scored and Wilfried Bony added a second. Despite Glenn Murray making it 2-1, Sterling then scored two more before the break to grab a hat trick and lead City to a comfortable win over the injury-hit Cherries. Bony added another in stoppage time for his second of the game.

With the victory City stay top of the PL with 21 points from nine games, while Bournemouth is just one spot above the relegation zone.

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City raced into an early lead as De Bruyne knocked the ball down to Bony and he nudged it towards Sterling who tapped home. 1-0 to the Citizens with six minutes on the clock.

After 11 minutes City were 2-0 to the good as Adam Federici failed to claim Sagna’s cross and Bony cleaned up the rebound. 2-0.

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Despite that shocking start, as De Bruyne nearly trebled their lead but Federici denied him, Bournemouth pulled a goal back. Murray’s deflected shot from 25-yards made its way past Joe Hart as the Cherries made it 2-1.

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Before half time, City restored their two-goal lead as De Bruyne played in Sterling and the England winger eased past two groups of Bournemouth defenders before slotting home coolly. 3-1. Then the speedy winger sealed his hat trick right on half time as Federici made a mess of another chance and despite Jesus Navas failing to take full advantage, Sterling cleaned up to score his third and City’s fourth.

After the break the City onslaught continued as Sterling had a chance to grab his fourth of the game and Bournemouth’s defense just couldn’t clear the danger as City looked like scoring everytime they came forward.

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De Bruyne, who was simply brilliant, was taken off with 30 minutes to go as Samir Nasri replaced him, then Sterling was also given a rest ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash against Sevilla in midweek. Kelechi Iheanacho replaced Sterling, then Bony added another in stoppage time after great work from Navas as City eased to victory and remained top of the table.

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