Manchester City won their third straight home match of the season by comfortably dispatching new boys Fulham at the Etihad Stadium. Goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling secured the points for the blues to keep the pressure on Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the table.
With Liverpool winning at Spurs earlier in the day, failure to get three points against the newly promoted side was not an option and the blues got off to the perfect start.
Leroy Sane, making his first start of the season, opened the scoring within the first two minutes. Fernandinho was first to a loose ball and raced into the area, before sliding an inch perfect pass to Sane, who slotted the ball home to record the fastest goal of the season so far. The German international had had his attitude questioned recently, and also left the international squad early to be present at the birth of his baby daughter. But the winger picked up from where he left off last season and was in determined form to justify his place in the starting line up.
City have not lost at home to a newly promoted team for eleven years and at 1-0, there was always a chance Fulham could get back into the games, as Newcastle had done in their last outing. The visitors had a couple of half chances, but lacked any real conviction to getting an equaliser. In the 14th minute, Raheem Sterling’s shot was deflected by the Fulham keeper’s legs and onto the bar, as City poured forward and threatened a rout in similar style to the won that demolished Huddersfield in August.
In the 21st minute, the blues increased their lead. Bernardo Silva worked the ball into the box which eventually found David Silva. The ball bounced up and hit him on the chest, and with Fulham appealing for handball, the Spaniard slammed a half-volley into the net off the crossbar for his 50th goal for the blues.
Ederson was tested in the 27th minute, parrying a shot from the edge of the area, and again in the 41st minute when he touched a shot over the bar, which was the closest the visitors came in the first half. Sane though he’d put the blues 3-0 up in first half injury time, but was flagged offside as the blues went in 2-0 up at the break.
The second half began in similar vein, and when Aguero crossed low across the six yard box, Raheem Sterling was on hand to turn the ball home to make it 3-0. Sane and Silva combined to set up Gabriel Jesus, on for Aguero, who missed from a few yards out and Fernandinho’s pile driver whistled past the upright. But with the points safe, City perhaps turned their thoughts to Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Lyon and took their foot off the gas. It didn’t matter as the match was over as a contest and the blues secured a comfortable victory.
Next up for the blues is Wednesday’s Champions League match at home to Lyon, before heading to Cardiff in the Premier League next Saturday.
City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph (Gundogan 67), Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, David Silva, Sterling (Mahrez 74), Aguero (Jesus 54), Sane
Fulham: Bettinelli, Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Sessegnon, Seri (Zambo Anguissa 56), McDonald, Johansen, Vietto (Ayite 69) Mitrovic, Schurrle
Referee: Stuart Attwell