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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Phil Foden (22', 63')
  • Riyad Mahrez (43', 45'+3' PEN)
  • David Silva (51')

Manchester City beat Burnley to delay Liverpool's title clinch

Manchester City's Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez scored two goals apiece as the hosts showed their impressive strength in depth, making eight changes but still crushing a woeful Burnley 5-0 in the Premier League at the Etihad on Monday.

City's win at the Etihad means runaway leaders Liverpool cannot clinch the Premier League title regardless of the Reds' result against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche could only name seven of the allowed nine substitutes, two of them goalkeepers, with his inexperienced bench without four regulars who have not signed contract extensions and it was a long night for the Clarets.

Phil Foden opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, drilling a low shot past keeper Nick Pope after a short-corner routine.

Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 with a superb finish, collecting a long pass from Fernandinho and then jinking past the Burnley defence before firing home.

City made it 3-0 just before the break when a VAR review ruled that Burnley's Ben Mee had fouled Sergio Aguero inside the box and, while the Argentine striker went off injured, Mahrez converted from the spot.

Burnley's defending was then sloppy at a corner again, with Foden left free to cleverly pick out Bernardo Silva who put a ball across the face of goal for David Silva to slide home six minutes into the second half.

The outstanding Foden made it 5-0 in the 63rd minute, finishing off a sweeping counter-attack.

"I like to think that was my best game in a City shirt," said Foden. "I am still learning every day and I am still young but I am just happy when I put a performance like that in."

The match witnessed a disturbing incident when a plane towing a banner declaring "White Lives Matter Burnley" flew over the match in the first half. Burnley condemned the banner, saying the police are investigating who had organised the gesture.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Tottenham Hotspur 9 +12 20
2 Liverpool 9 +5 20
3 Chelsea 9 +12 18
4 Leicester City 9 +6 18
5 Southampton 9 +4 17
6 Everton 9 +3 16
7 Aston Villa 8 +8 15
8 West Ham United 9 +5 14
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 -1 14
10 Manchester United 8 -1 13
11 Crystal Palace 9 -1 13
12 Arsenal 9 -1 13
13 Manchester City 8 -1 12
14 Leeds United 9 -3 11
15 Newcastle United 9 -5 11
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 -2 9
17 Burnley 8 -8 5
18 Fulham 9 -9 4
19 West Bromwich Albion 9 -12 3
20 Sheffield United 9 -11 1