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Man City 2-0 Burnley: Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne give champions hard-earned win

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
Bernardo Silva puts Manchester City ahead against Burnley
Bernardo Silva put Manchester City ahead with his second goal of the season - his first was the winner against Leicester last month

Raheem Sterling could not mark his return to Manchester City's starting line-up with a goal but Kevin de Bruyne made certain his side still beat Burnley after Bernardo Silva's early strike.

City had won 5-0 on each of the Clarets' past four visits to Etihad Stadium and it seemed like a similar scoreline was on the cards when the impressive Silva followed up Phil Foden's shot to give the home side an early lead.

There was to be no glut of goals on this occasion, however. Although City dominated possession and created plenty of chances, they failed to extend their advantage, giving the visitors hope.

Burnley gave them a few scares before De Bruyne added a second goal with 20 minutes to go, curling his shot home when the ball broke to him inside the box.

Sterling made only his third league start of the season - having been recalled at the end of a week where he spoke publicly about being open to a move abroad if he failed to get more game time at City.

He struggled to make an impact in the first half while playing as the central attacker in City's front three, managing only 11 touches - by far the lowest of any of their outfield players - and only one shot, which was blocked.

Sterling was far more involved when he switched to the left flank after the break but was unable to add to his tally of one league goal in 2021-22 and it was down to De Bruyne to finish the game off.

The win keeps City two points behind leaders Chelsea, who won at Brentford. Burnley remain in the bottom three, still without a league win this season.

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Burnley could not end their winless run, which at 11 games is the longest in England's top four divisions, but they still gave City plenty to think about.

Maxwel Cornet, who saw his shot brilliantly saved by Zack Steffen after running clear, went close to equalising in the first half, as did Josh Brownhill, who fizzed his shot inches wide.

City were misfiring too, with Riyad Mahrez another of their players failing to make the most of his recall - the closest he came with his four efforts at goal was when he blasted another Silva cut-back against the bar.

It could have made for a nervous finale for City's fans, if not for De Bruyne's cool finish after Burnley failed to clear their lines.

It meant the home supporters were able to relax and celebrate the news of Leicester's late goals in their win over City's neighbours United - something they did extremely loudly.

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Player of the match

Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva

with an average of 7.48

Manchester City

  1. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  2. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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  3. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
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  4. Squad number80Player namePalmer
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  5. Squad number5Player nameStones
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  6. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
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  7. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
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  8. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  9. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  10. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
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  11. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
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  12. Squad number13Player nameSteffen
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  13. Squad number6Player nameAké
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  14. Squad number7Player nameSterling
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  1. Squad number1Player namePope
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  2. Squad number20Player nameCornet
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  3. Squad number22Player nameCollins
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  4. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski
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  5. Squad number9Player nameWood
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  6. Squad number2Player nameLowton
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  7. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
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  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
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  9. Squad number23Player namePieters
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  10. Squad number18Player nameWestwood
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  11. Squad number4Player nameCork
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  12. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson
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  13. Squad number10Player nameBarnes
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  14. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez
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Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Steffen
  • 27Cancelo
  • 5Stones
  • 14LaporteBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRúben Diasat 72'minutes
  • 6Aké
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forPalmerat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Rodri
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forFernandinhoat 84'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 7Sterling
  • 47Foden


  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Grealish
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 80Palmer
  • 84Slicker


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 22Collins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 23Pieters
  • 8Brownhill
  • 18Westwood
  • 4CorkSubstituted forGudmundssonat 72'minutes
  • 11McNeil
  • 20CornetSubstituted forBarnesat 56'minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 82'minutes


  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 10Barnes
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Roberts
  • 17Lennon
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamBurnley
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 2, Burnley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Burnley 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Cole Palmer replaces Bernardo Silva.

  4. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rodri (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

    Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Aké (Manchester City).

  9. Post update

    Jóhann Gudmundsson (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    John Stones (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Chris Wood.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

  15. Post update

    Nathan Collins (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

  17. Post update

    Nathan Collins (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Chris Wood (Burnley) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nathan Collins with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Rodri (Manchester City).

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