SPORTS: City goes two points clear atop BPL
Manchester City opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League (BPL) with a convincing 5-0 win over Burnley that maintained their 100 per cent home record this season.
Pep Guardiola's team was briefly knocked off the BPL summit after Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Manchester United earlier today, but will remain in the top spot barring a huge Liverpool win at Huddersfield later today.
City's procession towards the three points was briefly held up by Burnley’s goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was making his first return to Etihad Stadium after ending his 12-year stay in the summer.
Hart, a huge crowd favourite during his spell at Manchester City, made superb first-half stops to deny Sergio Aguero and David Silva, but was powerless to stop Aguero firing home as the duo combined to round off a neat passing move.
There was some controversy about City's second goal, which came after Leroy Sane went down in the area under a challenge by Jack Cork.
Referee Jon Moss waved play on, but the Burnley defence stopped, allowing Silva to retrieve the ball before it ran out of play, and cross for Bernardo Silva to sweep his shot home.
Burnley's manager Sean Dyche and his players continued to protest as the game resumed, although it was unclear whether they felt the game had been stopped, or that the ball had gone behind before David Silva reached it.
From that point, the game was over as a contest, although the City fans still had more reasons to celebrate, firstly when a fit-again Kevin de Bruyne appeared off the bench for his first appearance since the opening weekend of the season.
There were more goals to come too as Fernandinho teed up Riyad Mahrez to curl home a superb fourth goal late on, and Sane converted a Benjamin Mendy cross.