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

Bernardo Silva put Manchester Metropolis forward together with his second aim of the season – his first was the winner in opposition to Leicester final month

Raheem Sterling couldn’t mark his return to Manchester Metropolis’s beginning line-up with a aim however Kevin de Bruyne made sure his aspect nonetheless beat Burnley after Bernardo Silva’s early strike.

Metropolis had gained 5-0 on every of the Clarets’ previous 4 visits to Etihad Stadium and it appeared like an identical scoreline was on the playing cards when the spectacular Silva adopted up Phil Foden’s shot to provide the house aspect an early lead.

There was to be no glut of targets on this event, nevertheless. Though Metropolis dominated possession and created loads of possibilities, they failed to increase their benefit, giving the guests hope.

Burnley gave them a number of scares earlier than De Bruyne added a second aim with 20 minutes to go, curling his shot house when the ball broke to him contained in the field.

Sterling made solely his third league begin of the season – having been recalled on the finish of per week the place he spoke publicly about being open to a transfer overseas if he did not get extra recreation time at Metropolis.

He struggled to make an impression within the first half whereas taking part in because the central attacker in Metropolis’s entrance three, managing solely 11 touches – by far the bottom of any of their outfield gamers – and just one shot, which was blocked.

Sterling was much more concerned when he switched to the left flank after the break however was unable so as to add to his tally of 1 league aim in 2021-22 and it was all the way down to De Bruyne to complete the sport off.

The win strikes Metropolis into second place, some extent behind leaders Liverpool. Burnley stay within the backside three, nonetheless with no league win this season.

De Bruyne aim ensures Man Metropolis keep away from nervy finale

Burnley couldn’t finish their winless run, which at 11 video games is the longest in England’s high 4 divisions, however they nonetheless gave Metropolis lots to consider.

Maxwel Cornet, who noticed his shot brilliantly saved by Zack Steffen after operating clear, went near equalising within the first half, as did Josh Brownhill, who fizzed his shot inches broad.

Metropolis have been misfiring too, with Riyad Mahrez one other of their gamers failing to profit from his recall – the closest he got here together with his 4 efforts at aim was when he blasted one other Silva cut-back in opposition to the bar.

It might have made for a nervous finale for Metropolis’s followers, if not for De Bruyne’s cool end after Burnley did not clear their strains.

It meant the house supporters have been capable of loosen up and rejoice the information of Leicester’s late targets of their win over Metropolis’s neighbours United – one thing they did extraordinarily loudly.

Participant of the match

Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva


  1. Squad quantity1Participant titlePope

  2. Squad quantity20Participant titleCornet

  3. Squad quantity22Participant titleCollins

  4. Squad quantity5Participant titleTarkowski

  5. Squad quantity9Participant titleWooden

  6. Squad quantity2Participant titleLowton

  7. Squad quantity11Participant titleMcNeil

  8. Squad quantity8Participant titleBrownhill

  9. Squad quantity23Participant titlePieters

  10. Squad quantity18Participant titleWestwood

  11. Squad quantity4Participant titleCork

  12. Squad quantity7Participant titleGudmundsson

  13. Squad quantity10Participant titleBarnes

  14. Squad quantity19Participant titleRodriguez


Man Metropolis

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
  • 9WoodenSubstituted forRodriguezat 82′minutes


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

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