Sergio Aguero scored his first Premier League goal in 14 months as Manchester City pulled 17 points clear of the chasing field with a win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
The match marked the return of Aguero to Pep Guardiola’s starting lineup for just the fifth time across all competitions this season, with the Argentine dealing with injuries for much of the season and having not scored in the league since a Jan. 21, 2020 goal against Sheffield United.
Despite looking like the inferior side on paper and in the table, the hosts, who have kept clean sheets in five of their last nine matches, kept Man City off the scoresheet in the first half and went to the break still on level terms.
John Stones put Man City in front just after half-time, redirecting a whipped in free kick from Joao Cancelo with a fine first-time shot to make it 1-0.
Gabriel Jesus doubled the lead for the Premier League leaders 10 minutes later when he picked up a deflected clearance, rounded Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola and buried a shot into the back of the net.
Aguero then scored from the penalty spot, sending his kick just wide of a diving Areola and putting the result well out of reach for Fulham.
The result leaves Man City on 71 points from 30 matches, miles ahead of second-placed Man United, while Fulham remain firmly in a relegation battle in 18th place on 26 points.