Manchester City thrashes Burnley 5-0 in thrilling encounter

Manchester City players celebrate 5-0 thrashing of Burnley at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez scored two goals apiece as the hosts thrashed a woeful Burnley 5-0 in the Premier League at the Etihad stadium on Monday.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche could only name seven of the allowed nine substitutes, two of them goalkeepers, with his inexperienced bench without four regulars who have not signed contract extensions and it was a long night for the Clarets.

Talented 20-year-old Foden, making just his fourth start of the season, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, drilling a low shot from over 20 metres past keeper Nick Pope after a short-corner routine.

Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 with a superb finish, collecting a long pass from Fernandinho and then jinking past the Burnley defence before firing home.

Riyad Mahrez scores stunning goal against Burnely at the Etihad Stadium

City made it 3-0 just before the break when a VAR review ruled that Burnley’s Ben Mee had fouled Sergio Aguero inside the box and, while the Argentine striker went off injured, Mahrez converted from the spot.

Burnley’s defending was then sloppy at a corner again, with Foden left free to cleverly pick out Bernardo Silva who put a ball across the face of goal for David Silva to slide home six minutes into the second half.

The outstanding Foden made it 5-0 in the 63rd minute, finishing off a sweeping counter-attack.

Phil Foden celebrates after making scoring the fifth goal for Manchester City against Burnley

“I like to think that was my best game in a City shirt,” said Foden. “I am still learning every day and I am still young but I am just happy when I put a performance like that in.”

The result leaves second-placed City 20 points behind runaway league leaders Liverpool with eight games remaining, and Jurgen Klopp’s side cannot now clinch the title with a victory against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.

Manchester City will play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.


Chidi Nwoke.


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