EPL: Sergio Aguero brace rekindles Manchester City's title race

Updated: Nov 28, 2016, 11:11 IST | AFP

Argentine striker helps Manchester City rally from a goal down away at Burnley to emerge 2-1 victors and take second spot in English Premier League points table

Manchester City's Argentine forward Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring against Burnley in an EPL match at Turf Moor in Burnley on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Manchester City's Argentine forward Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring against Burnley in an EPL match at Turf Moor in Burnley on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Burnley: Manchester City overcame Burnley's spirited challenge as Sergio Aguero's double inspired their fightback for a 2-1 win at Turf Moor on Saturday. Aguero's decisive brace took his remarkable scoring run to 33 goals in 34 Premier League games after Dean Marney had given Burnley a surprise lead over the title contenders.

City's recovery secured their sixth win in seven away games and moved them to the second in the table behind Liverpool, al though they could surrender pole position to Chelsea who play later on Saturday night.

It was the first time this season that Pep Guardiola's team had come from behind to win, and the first time since September they had won back-to-back league games.

Burnley sprung a surprise by including former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, now 37, after Tom Heaton injured a calf during training.

Burnley were defending one of the best home records in the EPL, having won four of their previous six games — a run bettered only by Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. The visitors were fortunate not to concede a penalty as early as the fifth minute, as referee Andre Marriner waved away the protests when Jeff Hendrick went down after an elbow in the back from Nicolas Otamendi.

Guardiola's men struggled to come to terms with Burnley's approach and energy. Robinson did have to tip an effort from Aguero round a post.

On 13 minutes, the goalkeeper initiated the opening goal for Burnley. Robinson launched a long free-kick into the City penalty area and Otamendi's attempted clearing header fell for Marney, who rifled the ball past Claudio Bravo.

City responded and Burnley succumbed on 36 minutes, with Aguero, who scored his ninth goal in 11 EPL games and 15th in all competitions, pouncing at the far post.

City took the lead on the hour after Burnley made a hash of clearing before Fernandinho cut the ball back to the near post where Aguero put the ball in with his knee.

09
Goals Aguero has scored in his last 11 matches

15
Goals Aguero has scored (all events) this season

33
Goals Aguero has scored in 34 EPL matches

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