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It's now 17 in a row for Manchester City

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal, his side's third, during the English Premier League match at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England yesterday. Man City won 4-0.

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

Sergio Aguero's double took Manchester City's Premier League goal total for 2017 to more than 100 as the runaway leaders beat Bournemouth 4-0 yesterday.

Raheem Sterling also claimed his 16th goal of the season, and Danilo grabbed his first for the club as Pep Guardiola's side extended the top-flight football record to 17 successive victories.

City have 101 goals for the calendar year - across two league seasons - and they still have two games remaining.

City's result was never in doubt from the moment Aguero, subject of conflicting reports this week regarding his future, headed the opener after 27 minutes.

Eddie Howe's side did little to extend the hosts and City were allowed to patiently work openings.

Bournemouth's Steve Cook headed dangerously close to his own goal after Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a dangerous cross, and Aguero shot over after being played in by Nicolas Otamendi.

The opener came as Fernandinho delicately clipped in a cross for Aguero.

 

HOME GOALS

 

Bournemouth pushed up, hoping to play the Argentinian offside, but their timing went awry, and Aguero was left to bring up his century of home goals with a simple diving header. It was 1-0 at half time.

Man City stepped up a gear to double their lead after the break.

This time, Aguero was the provider, deftly flicking the ball behind him into the area for Sterling to race on to and lash home.

David Silva, back in the side after missing two games for personal reasons, then shot over and De Bruyne sliced an attempted shot. That proved De Bruyne's final act as he signalled to the bench moments later, but there were no obvious signs of discomfort as he was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan.

Aguero headed the third goal in the 79th from a cross from fellow substitute Bernardo Silva.

Danilo, another player to have come off the bench, put the seal on victory when he fired past Begovic after being set up by Sterling.

Other results: Brighton 1 Watford 0; Southampton 1 Huddersfield 1; Stoke 3 West Brom 1; Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1; West Ham 2 Newcastle 3.