Sunday 19 May, 2019

Man City top of Premier League after beating Fulham 2-0

Manchester City players celebrate after Bernardo Silva scored the opening goal during the English Premier League football match against Fulham at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Manchester City players celebrate after Bernardo Silva scored the opening goal during the English Premier League football match against Fulham at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero sent Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League after being gifted goals by Fulham to seal a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

City moved a point ahead of Liverpool, which host Tottenham on Sunday but will have played a game more than Pep Guardiola's defending champions.

It is little wonder Fulham is next-from-last and facing relegation given the sloppiness of the defence before both City goals.

A misplaced, casual clearance by Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the fifth minute was seized on by Kevin de Bruyne. Aguero received the ball from the Belgian before he teed up Bernardo Silva to strike low into the net.

Fulham were so ineffective on the ball that, when the hosts finally strung passes together in the 15th minute, there were ironic cheers around Craven Cottage.

It was a brief intermission from the City supremacy.

Fulham defender Joe Bryan even helped City with their second goal in the 27th minute.

Bryan's slack attempt to pass the ball back to Calum Chambers was intercepted and Bernardo Silva squared to Aguero, who struck past goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

With a comfortable lead and little threat from Fulham, City could afford for its finishing being wayward after the break.

Next up is another game against relegation-threatened opposition, with Cardiff going to City on Wednesday night.

Among their remaining seven games, City still have to play a resurgent Manchester United and third-place Tottenham.

Fulham are13 points from safety with 18 points to play for.

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