Premier League
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Manchester City 5-0 Fulham

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure scored a hat-trick as Manchester City responded to Chelsea's thrashing of Arsenal with a resounding win over 10-man Fulham.

With Chelsea taking a temporary nine-point lead over City after thumping the Gunners 6-0 earlier on Saturday, it was imperative that Manuel Pellegrini's side kept pace with Jose Mourinho's league leaders.

And they were inspired by their talismanic Ivorian midfielder, who scored twice from the penalty spot and hit a stunning third from 25 yards to take his season's total to 20 goals before Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis turned it into a rout late on.

City were perhaps fortunate to earn the first spot-kick when Fernando Amorebieta clipped Alvaro Negredo, but the Fulham defender could have little complaint for the second when, eight minutes into the second half, he chopped down David Silva and was sent off.

That left City to cruise home against Felix Magath's side, who remain bottom of the table, four points from safety, with their position looking increasingly perilous.

Toure received a standing ovation as he left the field in preparation for Tuesday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford. And although the injured Sergio Aguero will miss that game, a return to goalscoring form is timely for Pellegrini's title chasers with Chelsea and Liverpool also registering big victories.

Liverpool's win over Cardiff meant that City overtook Arsenal to move into third place, but they remain two points behind Brendan Rodgers's second-placed side, and six points in arrears of Chelsea.

The 2012 Premier League champions City are the only team that has the title in their own hands. Should they win their remaining 10 games, they will be champions, but they now enter a critical week where Tuesday's trip to Old Trafford is followed by a journey to face the wounded Gunners next Saturday.

The result was never in doubt on a wet afternoon once City had scored a second penalty, but they did survive a few scares in the first half. Fulham were inches from taking the lead through Kieran Richardson's fizzing shot after 23 minutes.

Yet within two minutes the hosts had won a penalty, with a strong dose of good fortune associated to it.

Referee Jonathan Moss did not whistle when Amorebieta clipped Negredo as the pair pursued James Milner's lofted pass, but his assistant indicated that the Fulham defender had fouled the striker. Once Amorebieta had been booked, Toure sent David Stockdale the wrong way from the spot.

City looked to Silva for their inspiration and he came close to adding to the lead when his chipped effort was cleared off the line by Amorebieta. Aleksandar Kolarov also hammered a shot goalwards but it was expertly tipped onto the bar by Stockdale.

There were moments of worry for Pellegrini's side as Sascha Riether and Amorebieta headed off-target but, eight minutes after the break, City were awarded another penalty and this time there was no debate.

Milner threaded a delightful pass through to Silva, who was upended by Amorebieta in the box. The Venezuelan received a straight red card and trudged off the pitch before Toure calmly tucked in.

The best was still to come from the Ivorian, though, as he collected a well-worked free-kick and curled the ball into the top corner for the latest addition to his stunning goals collection this season.

By this stage, Fulham were distraught and shattered and their misery was complete when Fernandinho found the roof of the net after a burst into the box following a corner six minutes from time. Demichelis then scored from close range for his first Manchester City goal.

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Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 13Kolarov
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forRodwellat 77'minutes
  • 26Demichelis
  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 9Negredo
  • 8NasriSubstituted forJoveticat 82'minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forJesús Navasat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Javi García
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 17Rodwell
  • 22Clichy
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 35Jovetic
  • 38Boyata

Fulham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 4Heitinga
  • 3Riise
  • 27Riether
  • 5Hangeland
  • 35AmorebietaBooked at 53mins
  • 6Kvist
  • 7SidwellBooked at 64mins
  • 25WoodrowSubstituted forKasamiat 84'minutes
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forRobertsat 55'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 15RichardsonSubstituted forHoltbyat 55'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 8Kasami
  • 10Holtby
  • 14Karagounis
  • 22Zverotic
  • 26Roberts
  • 39Bent
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
47,262

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home22
Away6
Shots on Target
Home12
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 5, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 5, Fulham 0.

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sascha Riether.

Booking

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 5, Fulham 0. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Rodwell.

Offside, Fulham. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 4, Fulham 0. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Milner following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Patrick Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Jack Rodwell (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces Samir Nasri.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by William Kvist.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by William Kvist.

Foul by Joleon Lescott (Manchester City).

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Holtby (Fulham).

Attempt blocked. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jack Rodwell replaces Yaya Touré.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jesús Navas.

Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Johnny Heitinga.

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces David Silva.

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 3, Fulham 0. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri following a set piece situation.

Booking

Patrick Roberts (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea3121643969
2Liverpool3020554465
3Man City2820354963
4Arsenal3019561962
5Everton2915951354
6Tottenham301659-153
7Man Utd3015691451
8Newcastle3014412-246
9Southampton301299645
10Aston Villa299713-634
11Stoke3081012-1234
12Hull309615-533
13Norwich318815-2232
14West Ham308715-831
15Swansea307815-629
16West Brom3051312-1228
17Crystal Palace308418-2028
18Sunderland286715-1825
19Cardiff316718-3225
20Fulham317321-4024
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