Aguero dou­ble earns Man City 2-1 win at Burn­ley

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Manch­ester City over­came Burn­ley’s spir­ited chal­lenge as Ser­gio Aguero’s dou­ble in­spired their fight­back for a 2-1 win at Turf Moor yes­ter­day.

Aguero’s de­ci­sive brace took his re­mark­able scor­ing run to 33 goals in 34 Pre­mier League games af­ter Dean Mar­ney had given Burn­ley a sur­prise lead over the ti­tle con­tenders.

City’s re­cov­ery se­cured their sixth win in seven away games and moved them to the top of the table, although they could sur­ren­der pole po­si­tion to Liver­pool or Chelsea later in the day.

It was the first time this sea­son that Pep Guardi­ola’s team had come from be­hind to win, and the first time since Septem­ber they had won back-to-back league games, hav­ing tri­umphed at Crys­tal Palace last time out. Burn­ley sprung a sur­prise by in­clud­ing for­mer Eng­land goal­keeper Paul Robin­son, now 37, af­ter Tom Heaton in­jured a calf dur­ing train­ing to miss his first game since join­ing the club.

Robin­son, signed on a free trans­fer from Black­burn, had not played in the Pre­mier League since 2012 and had gone 802 days with­out a first-team game, but he showed he still has the abil­ity that earned him 41 caps and a ca­reer that took in Tot­ten­ham and Leeds. Burn­ley were de­fend­ing one of the best home records in the Pre­mier League, hav­ing won four of their pre­vi­ous six games - a run bet­tered only by Chelsea, Liver­pool and Tot­ten­ham - and they took the game to City.

The vis­i­tors were for­tu­nate not to con­cede a penalty as early as the fifth minute, but the ref­eree An­dre Mar­riner waved away the protests when Jeff Hen­drick went down af­ter an el­bow in the back from Ni­co­las Ota­mendi.

Guardi­ola made five changes from the team that played in mid­week in the Cham­pi­ons League, but they strug­gled to come to terms with Burn­ley’s ap­proach and en­ergy. Robin­son did have to tip an ef­fort from Ar­gentina for­ward Aguero round a post but then, on 13 min­utes, the goal­keeper ini­ti­ated the open­ing goal as Burn­ley took the lead.

Robin­son launched a long free-kick into the City penalty area and Ota­mendi’s at­tempted clear­ing header fell invit­ingly for long-serv­ing mid­fielder Mar­ney, who ri­fled the ball past Clau­dio Bravo’s dive for his first Pre­mier League goal in seven years.

City re­sponded but Robin­son made a fine one-handed save to deny Nolito and Aguero lifted his own ef­fort over the bar from Fer­nand­inho’s lay-off. Burn­ley even­tu­ally suc­cumbed on 36 min­utes and al­most in­evitably, it was Aguero who scored his ninth goal in 11 Pre­mier League games and 15th in all com­pe­ti­tions, pounc­ing at the far post af­ter Nolito’s ini­tial shot from a cor­ner had been blocked.

The scene ap­peared set for City to stride into the lead be­fore half-time, but Robin­son pro­duced his best mo­ment so far, a su­perb one-handed fly­ing save to keep out Aguero’s fierce shot on the turn.

Burn­ley, hav­ing lost the ad­van­tage, also lost scorer Mar­ney to an in­jury and then Ice­land mid­fielder Jo­hann Gud­munds­son limped off with a ham­string strain be­fore half-time. City took the lead on the hour af­ter Yaya Toure went down in the area and Burn­ley made a hash of clear­ing be­fore Fer­nand­inho was able to cut the ball back to­wards the near post where Aguero put the ball in with his knee.

Burn­ley re­fused to go down with­out a fight, but Michael Keane’s well-directed header was cleared, Ge­orge Boyd had a shot blocked, and sub­sti­tute Ash­ley Barnes had an over­head kick well saved as City held out. —AFP

BURN­LEY: Burn­ley’s English de­fender James Tarkowski (2nd L) vies with Manch­ester City’s Ivo­rian mid­fielder Yaya Toure and Manch­ester City’s Brazil­ian mid­fielder Fer­nand­inho (up) dur­ing the English Pre­mier League foot­ball match be­tween Burn­ley and Manch­ester City. —AFP

BURN­LEY: Burn­ley Man City 1

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