THE BALL – The “citizens” crush the “red devils” before receiving the lion (England)

The Etihad Stadium was the scene of another Manchester derby, referring to the 28th round of the current edition of the Premier League. While the betting exchange awarded City favoritism, Pep Guardiola’s side tried to confirm that status in the four lines, beating United, 4-1, with a huge mark of superiority.

De Bruyne was quick to open the scoring (5th), with a shot, wisely, from the penalty spot, masterfully assisted by Bernardo Silva. The visitors were still holding the kick-off, Fred threatening before Sancho went straight for the goal: fantastic counter-attack, the winger restoring equality with a powerful shot close to the post (22nd).

From there, the citizens they showed a demolishing and ruthless facet, charging at the opponent. No wonder, therefore, another goal from the locals: De Bruyne, once again, on target (28th), in the second rebound of an attempt where Foden and Bernardo Silva – what a demonstration! – also applied for celebrations.

The break allowed Ralf Rangnick’s team to breathe a little… before facing a truly worrying second half. Apart from a few innocuous approaches to the opposing zone, there, the life of Bruno Fernandes and company witnessed the superiority of the leader of the championship.

Among so many shivers in the back caused by the red devils, Mahrez was the most accurate when it came to finishing. The Algerian scored first after a corner kick from De Bruyne (68′), on an unprepared kick above the surface line, and confirmed the double at the last minute (90′), scored by Gundogan .

Before hosting Sporting in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Manchester City once again established a six-point lead over Liverpool, 2nd place in the Premier League, who have one game less. As for Manchester United, he fell to 5th position, after having exchanged with Arsenal (48/47 points), and left the Champions League zone, the London team being three games behind.

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