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Summary

  1. Mee reduced arrears against former club
  2. Aguero - brought on at half-time - scored from a tight angle
  3. Clichy netted with low, right-foot shot from edge of area
  4. City skipper Fernandinho sent off for two-footed challenge

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Man City 2-1 Burnley

CLOSE!

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Claudio Bravo goes full stretch to tip over Michael Keane's bouncing volleyed effort.

That very nearly sneaked up, over and in...

INJURY TIME

Man City 2-1 Burnley

A minimum of five minutes extra to be added at the end of normal time.

CLOSE!

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Was that the chance?

Andre Gray shanks a volley wide from 15 yards as City's defence creaks under pressure.

John Stones is on in place of Raheem Sterling for the hosts.

Andre Gray
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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Sean Dyche puffs his cheeks as Sergio Aguero goes on a solo run and cracks an ambitious effort over the top from distance.

The Burnley boss's men have four minutes to get something out of the game.

Scott Arfield is being replaced by Patrick Bamford.

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Stephen Ward has been 'robust' all afternoon and that is another tackle that did not beat around the bush.

David Silva is flattened down by the byeline.

No foul says Lee Mason to a chorus of jeers.

Silva is walking gingerly around the pitch perimeter. City briefly down to nine.

David Silva
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Man City 2-1 Burnley

Some of the dark arts from Manchester City as Kevin De Bruyne goes all mannequin challenge as he takes a corner.

A few more seconds nibbled off the clock.

Sean Dyche
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Man City 2-1 Burnley

Sam Vokes flexes the neck muscles as he gets in front of Nicolas Otamendi, but his glancing header bounces just wide of the far post.

It was pretty much the same spot from where he scored for Wales against Belgium in the Euros and a decent chance.

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Burnley have sniffed blood.

Sam Vokes, off the bench in place of Ashley Barnes, gets a flick-on and Andre Gray is almost onto it.

At the other end though, Matthew Lowton manages to get a block on Sergio Aguero's shot as the Argentine pulls the trigger from 15 yards.

A grandstand finish in store.

YELLOW CARD

Man City 2-1 Burnley

City defender Bacary Sagna goes into the book for his protests following the goal.

GOAL Man City 2-1 Burnley

Ben Mee (70 mins)

This is right old mess. But the one thing we do know is that Burnley are back in the game.

Claudio Bravo starts a game of volleyball in the City box as he comes and fails to claim a corner, Ben Mee smashes the ball back goalwards, off the underside of the crossbar and - the video replay reveals - in.

City are arguing that Andre Gray headed the ball out of Bravo's hands, but that was after the ball had already crossed the line.

Goal stands.

Burnley
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Ben Mee
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Man City 2-0 Burnley

A two-goal cushion is a comfy perch for City.

Burnley have to come and press for a way back into the game and with the pace of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero going the other way, they are open to more counter-attacks.

GOAL - Man City 2-0 Burnley

Sergio Aguero (62 mins)

That is the quality that just won't be confined to the bench.

Raheem Sterling, reveling in the space as Burnley chase the game, goes in on goal, but the chance seems to have gone as he stumbles in front of a sprawling Tom Heaton and the ball heads towards the byeline.

But Sergio Aguero is not giving up on the chance.

The Argentine chases the ball down and from a vice-tight angle, threads a shot past Michael Keane and Matthew Lowton on the line, clipping the near post on the way to the back of the net.

Sergio Aguero celebrates
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GOAL - Man City 1-0 Burnley

Gael Clichy (58 mins)

It has come from an unlikely source, but City will take the breakthrough however it comes.

Gael Clichy chances his weaker right peg as he cuts in off the left flank and what his shot lacks in power it makes up for in accuracy.

A diving Tom Heaton cannot get to the ball as it worms its way into the far corner.

That is only Clichy's third goal for City.

Gael Clichy
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Gael Clichy
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Man City 0-0 Burnley

A massive chance for Sergio Aguero, but the City striker is a beat off the pace and Stephen Ward swoops in to deny him.

The ball had dropped to Aguero eight yards out, but instead of a first-time instinctive finish he takes a touch to allow the Burnley defender to dive in and clear.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Scott Arfield slashes at an inviting loose ball from all of 35 yards, but sends the ball sailing high into the stand behind Claudio Bravo's goal.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Scott Arfield slides in to get a toe to a bouncing ball ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, catching the Belgian in his follow-through.

It is right in front of the City dug-out and Pep Guardiola bounces up and down like a toddler denied ice cream.

It was a fair challenge though and Mason stays strong and waves away the hosts' protests.

Pep Guardiola gestures
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Man City 0-0 Burnley

The arrival of  Sergio Aguero and David Silva seems to have put a tiger in City's tank.

A little more zip in attack, a little more urgency on the ball and a whole lot better than the end of the first half so far.

KICK-OFF

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Pep Guardiola motions to the crowd for more noise as he heads to the dug-out.

He looks distinctly peeved at either his team's first-half performance or the library-like atmosphere at the start of the second half. Or perhaps both.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Here come the cavalry.

Sergio Aguero and David Silva have been ushered into the action.

Jesus Navas and Kelechi Iheanacho are the men to make way.

That has gone down well with the home fans.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

According to the Times' man in Manchester Paul Hirst, City have racked up seven red cards in 30 games under Pep Guardiola of you count Sergio Aguero's retrospective dismissal for an elbow against West Ham.

Tiki-taka-hacker.

If you include the retrospective ban for Aguero, that's seven red cards in 30 games for MCFC under Pep.

Burnley going toe to toe

Man City 0-0 Burnley

This is how the first half looked in numbers.

Burnley have given as good as they have got playing 11 on 11 for much of the half.

This really is anyone's game with the visitors a man up.

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Man City 0-0 Burnley

That was Fernandinho's third red card in six games for City after dismissal against Borussia Monchengladbach and Chelsea.

Did referee Lee Mason get it right?

It was a close call and it is dividing the Twitterati.

@Marcotti Straight red all day long Gab, pace and distance of lunge made it dangerous

The bias/inconsistency in football is frightening. Watch the Fernandinho challenge then rewatch the 2 that Rojo did. Appalling #mcfc

HALF-TIME

Man City 0-0 Burnley

The half-time whistle is greeted by jeers.

INJURY TIME

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Two minutes of injury time have popped up on the neon board.

Danny's had a text...

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Final Score

I don't think Pep has lost the dressing room, but I've just had a text from ex-referee Dermot Gallagher and he says it is definitely a red card for Fernandinho.

Why would you even think about diving in to that challenge? It's in the middle of the pitch, he's not saving a goal. It's a rash challenge.

He's given the referee the opportunity to send him off, and that's the biggest mistake that he's made.

Fernandinho
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Man City 0-0 Burnley

Kelechi Iheanacho will have wanted to see the linesman flagging for offside.

The City youngster failed to pull down Bacary Sagna's chipped throughball as he darted beyond the last defender.

The official cannot save the striker from his miscontrol blushes though.

Sergio Aguero has been warming up ever since Fernandinho's red by the way. 

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City
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YELLOW CARD

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Yaya Toure picks up a yellow for backchatting Lee Mason.

City are almost opened up a moment later but Claudio Bravo comes hurtling off his line to get to the loose ball before Michael Keane.

Yaya Toure
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YELLOW CARD

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Jeff Hendrick is into the book for a petty trip.

The City fans - smarting with the perceived injustice of Fernandinho's red - cheer ironically.

'Harsh red card'

Man City 0-0 Burnley

John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on Final Score

I don't think it is a red card, I think it is harsh. 

His feet are up, but when he actually makes contact with the ball his feet are on the ground. It's a little soft and Fernandinho should know you can't go in with two feet, but for me it is just a yellow card.

I think he makes contact with the ball and the player when his feet are firmly on the ground. It's more of a block tackle.

Fernandinho
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Man City 0-0 Burnley

City are in need of a rejig.

They have Yaya Toure's 33-year-old legs trying to cover the centre of midfield and Jeff Hendrick and Scott Arfield are enjoying the space left behind.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Ashley Barnes scampers towards the edge of the City box, ignores the run of Andre Gray and clips a curling effort for the far corner.

But there is not enough bite on the ball and it drifts wide.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Aleksandar Kolarov has taken the armband for Manchester City.

This is a real test for the hosts.

Aleksandar Kolarov
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RED CARD - Manchester City's Fernandinho

Man City 0-0 Burnley

This just got ugly for City.

Captain Fernandinho launches himself into a full-blooded two-footer on Johann Gudmundsson in the middle of midfield as they contest a 50:50 ball.

Had he taken all of the ball and none of the man, he might have got away with it. But it is a pig-ugly challenge that catches a chunk of the Burnley man and referee Lee Mason decides it is a red.

That will be a four-match ban for Fernandinho into the bargain.

Fernandinho is shown a red
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Man City 0-0 Burnley

Kelechi Iheanacho controls Yaya Toure deflected cross on the edge of the six-yard box, but there are a mob of Burnley defenders around him before he can get a shot away.

City snuffed out by sheer numbers.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Andre Gray is a unit.

The Burnley striker goes shoulder to shoulder with Aleksandar Kolarov in a chase to the byeline and almost shatters the Serb's collarbone.

He wins a corner, but Michael Keane nods well wide from the set-piece with Claudio Bravo waving the ball on its way.

Andre Gray
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Man City 0-0 Burnley

Gabriel Jesus - signed from Palmeiras for a reported £27m in the summer - landed in England in the early hours of New Year's Day according to the Sun.

The teenager could find himself in the action sooner rather than later.

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James Bland: An extremely poor keeper and an ageing/inexperienced defence.a midfield that's mostly past it.yet he benches his best player ? another managerial master stroke from pep  

Mali Mangapi: Poor performance for sometimes. Aguero is declining very fast. Save him right to be on the bench.

Krish Sha: Where is Gabriel Jesus and surely he shud be starting as striker in place of Aguero  

Sergio Aguero
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Man City 0-0 Burnley

Yaya Toure pings a curling shot for the near post from the edge of the area from a slick short-corner routine.

He had a forest of bodies in the box to use as cover, but Tom Heaton has got a look on it and is down to palm away in plenty of time.

Better from City after a flat five minutes.

Man City 0-0 Burnley

Manchester City on a warp-speed counter as Raheem Sterling streaks past Matthew Lowton and over the horizon.

Sterling slips the ball to the wing-heeled Jesus Nevas outside, but the Spaniard's end product is predictably disappointing.

A few mumbles and grumbles in the home seats.

Raheem Sterling
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