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Eder­son 7; Walker 7, Ota­mendi 7, La­porte 7, Delph 7 (Gun­do­gan (67th) 6); B Silva 9, Fer­nand­inho 8, D Silva 8; Ster­ling 7 (Mahrez 74th) 5), Aguero 7 (Je­sus (54th) 6), Sane 7 Seri’s in­tended pass to Cyrus Christie was in­ter­cepted by Fer­nand­inho who raced through be­fore squar­ing the ball to Leroy Sane, who was left with an easy tap-in to cel­e­brate the birth of his daugh­ter.

It should have been two soon af­ter when Bernardo Silva showed deft skill be­fore send­ing through Ra­heem Ster­ling whose shot went be­tween the ad­vanc­ing Mar­cus Bet­tinelli’s legs but de­flected on to the bar.

But City did not have to wait long for an­other goal. David Silva crashed home a shot off the un­der­side of the bar af­ter his name­sake Bernardo had turned the ball back from the by­line and Ser­gio Aguero’s shot had de­flected off De­nis Odoi.

The goal means the Span­ish Silva marked his

350th ap­pear­ance for the club by be­com­ing the fifth City player to score 50 for them in the Premier League – af­ter Aguero, Yaya Toure, Car­los Tevez and Edin Dzeko.

An­dre Schur­rle un­der­lined Ful­ham’s at­tack­ing in­tent by twice forc­ing Eder­son into saves with long-range ef­forts but City could have been fur­ther ahead by half-time with the over­worked Bet­tinelli deny­ing Sane and Ster­ling.

City made a fast start af­ter the break to kill the game off when Ster­ling tapped into an empty net af­ter a low cross from Aguero, who came off soon af­ter his as­sist feel­ing the ef­fects of a jarred an­kle which makes him a doubt for the Lyon game.

Re­place­ment Gabriel Je­sus, Ster­ling and Bernardo all missed chances to turn City’s dom­i­nance into a big­ger win be­fore they took their foot off the gas with one eye on their mid­week as­sign­ment.

Guardi­ola said: “Ser­gio felt some­thing in his an­kle when he jumped. He fin­ished the first half good but was un­com­fort­able at the start of the sec­ond half and there was no point tak­ing a risk with it be­ing 3-0.

“Lyon? We will see how he is to­mor­row when he wakes up.”

The City boss purred over the skills of his two Sil­vas and said Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional Bernardo would be at the club for as long as he is in charge.

The Spa­niard added: “It is al­most im­pos­si­ble to be more pleased as a man­ager with him.

“As long as I am here this guy will stay here be­cause he is spe­cial. As for David, he has to be so proud to play

350 games. To do that in Eng­land is a big com­pli­ment to his in­tel­li­gence.”

How­ever Guardi­ola re­minded goal hero Sane to stay fo­cused and said: ”Some­times he has to re­alise what a pro­fes­sional has to do but I was de­lighted with his per­for­mance.”

The man­ager ad­mit­ted he felt bad about not send­ing on Phil Fo­den but as­sured the highly rated young­ster his time will come – and soon.

He said: “I feel guilty. He de­serves to play and doesn’t play. But he is go­ing to play a lot of games this sea­son now we will be play­ing ev­ery three or four days.”

Bet­tinelli 8; Christie 5, Odoi 5, Maw­son 6, Sesseg­non 6; Vi­etto 5 (Ayite (69th) 5), Seri

5 (Zambo An­guissa (56th) 5), McDon­ald 6, Jo­hansen 6, Schur­rle 7, Mitro­vic 5 Bernardo Silva S At­twell Lyon, Sep 19 (H) Wat­ford, Sep 22 (H)

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