Ster­ling hits two as City thrash Southamp­ton to go top again

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at the Eti­had Sta­dium later. When Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Shane Long crossed in, the vis­it­ing num­ber nine was un­marked but could not cap­i­talise. su­perbly to re­pel Ings. A fur­ther scare oc­curred when Ings’s header had to be stopped on the line by Eder­son.

Guardi­ola made a move in switch­ing the flanks of Ster­ling and Sané and just af­ter the hour re­ward nearly came. Agüero fed Sané on the right, the No 19 skipped in­side and let go a rocket that crashed off McCarthy’s right post. Ster­ling’s af­ter­noon to re­mem­ber be­came even bet­ter on 67 min­utes when beat­ing McCarthy for a sec­ond time.

By the close Sané had made it 6-1, City had in­creased their goal dif­fer­ence by five – they now have 32 goals in 11 matches – and sig­nalled that they may be even bet­ter than last sea­son’s record-break­ing cham­pion out­fit.

– Guardian

PHO­TO­GRAPH: AN­DREW YATES/REUTERS

Ra­heem Ster­ling scores Manch­ester City’s fifth goal against Southamp­ton at the Eithad Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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