Sergio Aguero scored his first Premier League goal since January 2020 as Manchester City saw off stubborn Fulham with a 3-0 win.
It took City some time to break down Fulham, who restricted them to just half-chances at first. Ferran Torres had a couple of opportunities, but neither looked too dangerous.
Alphonse Areola was forced into a save after Bernardo Silva broke into the box. However, once again, it was not particularly testing.
Fulham began putting pressure on City at the other end, but their attacks followed a similar pattern.
While the first half ended goalless, it took no time at all for one of the defences to be breached after the break.
John Stones gave City the lead in the 46th minute after getting on the end of a Joao Cancelo free kick. The England centre-back has proven useful at both ends for City this season and his latest strike showed a touch of finesse.
The second-half starts with a bang! 🙌
John Stones arriving to guide the ball home from Joao Cancelo’s free-kick and give City the lead. pic.twitter.com/j5AGeJU6db
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 13, 2021
Fulham responded well to going behind, instantly going on the front foot. But matters were made worse for the hosts when City extended their lead.
First, Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 after 56 minutes – with Fulham the architects of their own downfall. The ball deflected off Ivan Cavaleiro after a mix-up at the back, falling into Jesus’ path.
The Brazil striker took the ball around Areola and powered home into the net.
Aguero adds finishing touch
Just four minutes later, Fulham defender Tosin – formerly of City – gave away a penalty, bundling over Torres.
Aguero stepped up to take it and scored his first Premier League goal in over a year.
417 – Sergio Agüero has ended a run of 13 appearances, 641 minutes of play and 24 shots without scoring in the Premier League, with his penalty against Fulham his first league goal since January 2020 v Sheff Utd, 417 days ago. Awaited. #FULMCI pic.twitter.com/klMMRZwPTL
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 13, 2021
In just 15 minutes, Fulham had gone from being level to having a mountain to climb. City were comfortable for the rest of the game.
Fulham did have a chance late on when Aleksandar Mitrovic set up Josh Onomah, but Aymeric Laporte blocked the latter’s shot.
Hence, they held on to their clean sheet and earned the three points. With eight games to go, they are 17 points above nearest challengers Manchester United (who have two games in hand).
It now seems a matter of when, not if, City will regain the title.
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