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Summary

  1. Man City XI: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Bony, Aguero
  2. Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Clark, Cissokho, Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Agbonlahor

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By Chris Bevan

All times stated are UK

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Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

So, Man City close the gap on the two north London teams, and potentially on leaders Leicester too - they play later. Aston Villa? They remain rock bottom.

For all the reaction from the Etihad - go here.

For a match report - go here.

FULL-TIME

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

INJURY TIME

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

There will be three minutes of stoppage time before Villa are put out of their misery.

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Chris Johnson: There's nothing quite like a Villa match to lift the spirits after a tough week at work  

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

Villa have still only had one shot at goal, let alone on target. It came when Jordan Ayew tested Joe Hart before the break.

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

This game was finished as a contest a long time ago. City are spraying passes around, while Villa and their fans just want to go home.

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Max: Villa 4-0 today is the story of the season. Held it together briefly before crumbling like a poorly made apple pie

Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott
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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 4-0 Aston Vila

And Villa have brought on Scott Sinclair, who did not get many Premier League minutes here when he played for City. He replaces Jordan Ayew.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

City's last change sees Manu Garcia on for his Premier League debut, replacing Yaya Toure.

A thing of beauty

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

Here's Sergio Aguero's second goal, a thing of beauty as far as team moves go, and it might make up for that penalty miss. Perhaps.

Sergio Aguero goal
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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

Another Villa change - Leandro Bacuna is on for Jordan Veretout

MISSED PENALTY

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

No hat-trick for Sergio Aguero, not yet anyway. He plants his penalty against the post.

PENALTY to Man City

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

Ciaran Clark fouls Kelechi Iheanacho. No doubt about that one.

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Chris Wright: They shipped 3 at Liverpool and right now they're pasting Villa 4-0. Just what is going on with Man City then?

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

Another change for City. Kelechi Iheanacho is on for David Silva.

Villa introduce their first sub - Rudy Gestede replaces Gabby Agbonlahor.

Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Jimmy Armfield

Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"City will nudge a little bit closer to Tottenham, Leicester and Arsenal if it stays like this, and everyone knows City have the players to make things happen."

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Matt Andrews: At least put up a fight Villa. Oh no, wait, you gave up fighting months ago  

GOAL - Man City 4-0 Aston Villa

Raheem Sterling (66 mins)

It's just a question of how many City want to score now. Raheem Sterling adds to Villa's misery with a close-range tap in from a Jesus Navas cross.

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Man City 3-0 Aston Villa

This graphic showing territory and possession is almost exactly the same as it was at half-time - the difference? Three City goals in 12 second-half minutes.

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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 3-0 Aston Villa

Raheem Sterling is on for Wilfried Bony and almost makes an instant impact, testing Brad Guzan with a looping shot.

Man City 3-0 Villa

Jimmy Armfield

Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"It was a lovely move by City, a great exchange with Silva and he has volleyed it in. He was only seven yards out, he had got himself past the defence, who were caught out.

GOAL - Man City 3-0 Aston Villa

Sergio Aguero (60 mins)

This should wrap up the points for City, and it is a well-worked goal too. Sergio Aguero exchanges passes with David Silva and buries a low shot past Brad Guzan. It sounds routine, but Silva's return ball was perfectly weighted, and the finish was unstoppable. 

Just damage limitation for Villa now, it seems.

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Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Another over-hit cross by Villa, and it is even more costly this time. Gabby Agbonlahor did brilliantly to get to the by-line and looked up to see Alan Hutton unmarked and shouting for the ball as he arrived at the far post. 

Agbonlahor tried to find him, too, but got too much on his delivery and it looped over Hutton's head.

Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Villa are trying to break when they win back possession but they are not getting enough numbers forward quickly enough. In any case, Alan Hutton's cross is over-hit and sails into Joe Hart's arms.

Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Not much of a response from Villa since those two quickfire City goals. They still have everyone behind the ball when the home side come into their half.

GOAL - Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Sergio Aguero (50 mins)

Blimey, City cannot stop scoring now. They rely a lot on Villa's help here, admittedly, with Micah Richards sliding in to attempt to clear Wilfried Bony's through-ball, but firing the ball against Sergio Aguero and seeing it rebound past Brad Guzan and into the net.

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GOAL - Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

Yaya Toure (48 mins)

Villa's defensive wall is finally breached. That isn't a massive achievement when you look at how many goals they have conceded this season, but City were making heavy weather of it... until now.

Sergio Aguero's cutback found David Silva and he teed up Yaya Toure to steer the ball home.

Yaya Toure
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Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

The second half starts where the first one left off, with Wilfried Bony losing the ball with a bad touch. Villa, as you probably expect, are defending very deep and in numbers.

Remi Garde
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KICK-OFF

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa get us back under way. No changes from either side at the break.

HALF-TIME

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

Here's how that first half looked in a graphical form. Not much happened in City's area, but Jordan Ayew almost made Villa's one shot count.

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HALF-TIME

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

City had 13 shots to Villa's one in that first half, but clear-cut chances were few and far between for Manuel Pellegrini's men.

HALF-TIME

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

Jimmy Armfield

Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

 "Navas looks like the only man who might stretch the Villa defence on the right flank. I don't know how many times Lescott has had to hook the ball out from the six yard box. I might give Kolarov a go on the left to balance it."  

HALF-TIME

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

YELLOW CARD

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

No goals yet, but we have had a booking. Jordan Veretout gets shown a yellow card for lunge on Sergio Aguero.

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

City are getting the ball into wide areas and trying to get crosses in for Wilfried Bony, but it is not working at the moment. Bony just sent one glancing header wide, then was penalised for a foul on Alan Hutton as he tried to get on the end of Sergio Aguero's hooked delivery.

It has not been the Ivorian's day so far.

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

City need to move the ball quicker, as well as more accurately, if they are going to break Villa down. It is too easy for Remi Garde's side at the moment.

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Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

You certainly couldn't call this City display fluid. They are still seeing most of the ball - and have had  76% of the possession - but their final ball has just not been good enough.

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

City have another corner, their seventh of the game. This time Jesus Navas sends it in, but Nicolas Otamendi's header does not test Brad Guzan.

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

Jimmy Armfield

Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"City have had a lot of the ball, but they are not convincing in the last third especially in the last 10 minutes. I think they need to add a bit of width to their game."

Man City 0-0 Aston Villa

Fair to say that Wilfried Bony will not have won over any doubting Man City fans with his performance so far today. This time he finds space to meet a corner but plants his header about 10 yards wide.

Wilfred Bony
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