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Burnley 1-4 Man City: Gabriel Jesus at the double as Premier League champions outclass Clarets at Turf Moor

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Gabriel Jesus brought his eight-game goal drought to an end in emphatic fashion to help Manchester City return to winning ways with a 4-1 triumph over Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Brazilian’s expertly-taken double, along with a thunderbolt from Rodri and a late Riyad Mahrez strike, saw the defending champions go second in the Premier League and close the gap – temporarily at least – on runaway leaders Liverpool to eight points.

Sean Dyche, meanwhile, opted to go with Chris Wood as a lone front man, while handing Danny Drinkwater his first Premier League start for the club, and first for anyone since March 2018.

Substitute Mahrez continued a fine week that has already seen him named in the top ten of this year’s Ballon d’Or voting by adding City’s fourth with a low right-footed strike, before Robbie Brady gave the home fans something to cheer with a late consolation.

When the real thing came on 24 minutes, it was even better, finishing a superb City break with a stunning curled effort into the far corner that left Pope no chance, after Phil Bardsley had stood off.

From the Belgian’s low cross, Raheem Sterling thought he’d made it two, only to be denied by a terrific point-blank save from Pope, before the England stopper also used his feet to keep out Bernardo Silva at the end of another lightning City counter.

Guardiola would have been pleased with his side’s first half display, but some breathing space on the scoreboard was still needed, and just five minutes after the interval Jesus provided it with another clinical finish, volleying into the top corner from Bernardo’s cross after more patient City build-up.
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