Manchester City vs Fulham: Sterling, De Bruyne fire Citizens to 2-0 win over Cottagers

Manchester City vs Fulham: Sterling, De Bruyne fire Citizens to 2-0 win over Cottagers

- Manchester City beat Fulham to close the gap on Tottenham and Liverpool

- Raheem Sterling and De Bruyne scored the goals that powered the Citizens to victory

- They are now three points behind the table-toppers ahead of their games later this weekend

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Two first-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were all Manchester City needed to defeat Fulham 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The victory sees the Citizens move three points behind league leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool pending their league games this weekend.

Pep Guardiola's men returned to winning ways following their 0-0 draw with FC Porto during midweek's Champions League encounter in Portugal.

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Sterling found the back of the net just five minutes into the game after receiving a timely pass from De Bruyne.

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Manchester City vs Fulham: Sterling, De Bruyne fire Citizens to 2-0 win over Cottagers
Manchester City vs Fulham: De Bruyne sends the keeper the wrong way in the Citizens' to 2-0 win over Cottagers. Photo by Peter Powell/PA Images.
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The Belgian spotted him sprinting into the opponent's danger zone before delivering a precise pass as athe Englishman sent the ball into the left bottom corner of the post.

It was a counter-attacking move for the home team who broke the attack from the Cottagers and used the opportunity in their favour.

Guardiola's men doubled their lead just from minutes before the half-hour mark from the penalty spot after Sterling was fouled in the danger zone.

The 25-year-old was trying to create space for himself in the opponents' 18-yard box but he was brought down by Joachim Andersen.

And De Bruyne stepped up to score a superb spot-kick as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way in the 26th minute.

All other efforts from both sides for the rest of the game however returned unfruitful as the Citizens ran off with the 2-0 triumph.

Meanwhile, they have a match in hand and they will hope they can convert that also to three points in a bid to close the gap a little more on the teams occupying the summit of the log.

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They will wrap up their Champions League group stage fixtures against French League side Marseille on Wednesday, December 9. earlier reported that Real Madrid managed a 1-0 win away from home as they defeated Sevila right at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in their Match Day 12 of the La Liga season.

Los Blancos began asking questions as early as the 5th minute when Casemiro had a long range effort with a right footed strike which drifted wide as Benzema almost capataised on a goalkeeper Bounou error.

Both teams did so much to contain eachother in the first half and the visitors came close yet again the 36th minute following a save from Bounou as he got a hand to a fine Benzema strike that was destined to nestle in the corner of the Sevilla net.

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