City produced a fine second-half display to beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the Etihad.

City produced a fine second-half display to beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the Etihad.

Goals from man-of-the-match Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan settled the game, with the result moving City back above Leicester into second place in the Premier League table.

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The deadlock was broken seconds after the restart. A superb, pinpoint long ball from Ederson was deftly flicked on by Jesus, who was stronger than Tyrone Mings, and Sterling raced clear to finish expertly.

It was his 13th goal in 14 games this season, a remarkable return from one of the world’s best players.

Jesus was inches away from nodding home De Bruyne’s free-kick, and the striker had an effort cleared off the line by the thigh of Mings. It wasn't going his way in front of goal. 

But City’s lead was doubled when De Bruyne’s evaded everyone and sailed past Tom Heaton, before Gundogan’s scissor-kick finish after some pinball in the area made it 3-0.

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