Man City 5-0 Burnley: Phil Foden & Riyad Mahrez both score twice in rout

Man City 5-0 Burnley: Phil Foden & Riyad Mahrez both score twice in rout

June 22, 2020

Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez both scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Burnley to ensure Liverpool will have to wait a little longer to wrap up the Premier League title.

Three first-half goals saw City on their way to the most comfortable of wins at Etihad Stadium, with Foden’s superb long-range strike breaking the deadlock before Mahrez’s double just before the break.

The Algerian’s fine solo effort made it 2-0 before he added another from the spot after Ben Mee fouled Sergio Aguero, with the penalty being awarded by the video assistant referee.

It was all too easy for City against a Burnley side that did not name their full complement of substitutes for their first game since the Premier League restarted behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Foden played a starring role in the rout, starting the move that saw Bernardo Silva tee up David Silva to make it 4-0 soon after the break, and then adding a fifth himself after Gabriel Jesus helped on a David Silva cross.

By then the evening was a stroll for Pep Guardiola’s side, who are now 20 points behind the leaders with eight league games remaining.

If the defending champions had dropped points against the Clarets, a win for Liverpool against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday would have seen them officially take City’s crown.

Instead Jurgen Klopp’s side must beat the Eagles and then rely on City dropping points against Chelsea on Thursday if they are to clinch the title before they visit Etihad Stadium on 2 July.

Burnley issued a statement during the game condemning the actions of those responsible after a plane carrying a banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ was flown over the ground shortly after kick-off.

Both sets of players had taken a knee before the game started in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Weakened Burnley given a harsh lesson

Burnley have now lost 5-0 on their past three visits to Manchester City in all competitions, but this defeat could have been even worse.

The Clarets did not manage an effort at goal until Dwight McNeil lashed a free-kick into the empty stand behind Ederson’s goal after 63 minutes, and that was the only time they came close to threatening a reply.

There were mitigating circumstances for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, however.

A trip to this part of Manchester is hard enough without the contract issues and injuries which meant he could not fill his bench in his side’s first game after their enforced three-month break.

First-choice strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood were absent through injury, while Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley and former England goalkeeper Joe Hart are all free agents from the end of June and were not considered for selection.

It meant that, while City had players of the calibre of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling among their substitutes, the Clarets named two untried youngsters in Max Thompson and Bobby Thomas, and two keepers – Lukas Jensen and Bailey Peacock-Farrell – among their replacements.

Before their season was stopped, Burnley were on a seven-game unbeaten run that had taken them to the fringes of the race for Europe. Dyche’s mission now is to try to regain some of that momentum in the next few weeks.

What’s next?

Burnley host Watford on Thursday (18:00 BST) while Manchester City play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later the same evening (20:15).

More to follow

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Manchester City 5, Burnley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 5, Burnley 0.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Max Thompson replaces Matej Vydra.

Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Leroy Sané replaces Phil Foden.

Attempt saved. Rodrigo (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Phil Foden.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by João Cancelo.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 5, Burnley 0. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Booking

João Cancelo (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by João Cancelo (Manchester City).

Matej Vydra (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Aymeric Laporte replaces Fernandinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Erik Pieters replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Offside, Manchester City. Nicolás Otamendi tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Matej Vydra (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Burnley. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 4, Burnley 0. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo Silva following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Attempt blocked. Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

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