In the Premier League, Manchester City registered another major three points, on a day that had great implications for the title race.

Pep Guardiola knew that a victory for his side would see them step up to second with Liverpool and leaders Manchester United drawing before City hosted Crystal Palace.

Even with Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, and Nathan Ake still out, Guardiola called a powerful hand. Although Rodri was given a rest, Gabriel Jesus returned upfront, and Kyle Walker replaced Joao Cancelo at the right-back.

As Kevin De Bruyne sent over a sensational cross for John Stones to score his first Premier League goal for the club, a tense first half was punctuated by a moment of quality. Ilkay Gundogan curled home a stunning second in the second half before Stones smashed his second and City’s third in the second half. With a lovely free-kick toward the end, Raheem Sterling put the gloss on the victory.


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