Manchester City 3-0 West Brom: 5 Talking Points
Final score: Manchester City 3-0 West Brom
Goalscorers: Fernandinho 19' (Manchester City), Kevin De Bruyne 68' (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero 89' (Manchester City)
Manchester City played host to West Brom last night, for the Premier League's Matchday 25 clash in a battle of poles, between first-placed Manchester City and last-placed West Brom - neither of whose standings changed in any way after that game.
City took the lead early in the game, through Fernandinho's clinical dispatch of a defence-splitting through ball from none other than Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian then took it upon himself to double the lead in the 68th minute, finding himself at the end of a neat one-two with Raheem Sterling.
It was business as usual for Sergio Aguero, who categorically refused to be left behind. The magical Argentine stamped his name on the scoresheet with an excellent chipped finish from a tight angle, to beat Ben Foster in the dying minutes of the game.
Without further ado, let's take a look at 5 key talking points from the clash between the Citizens and the Baggies:
#5 No Sane? No problem
One would think that Manchester City would probably be slightly crippled by the absence of Leroy Sane, who has reportedly suffered ankle ligament damage after a horrific tackle by Joe Bennett during the Citizens' clash against Newcastle United, towards the end of last month.
However, the Skyblues took hold of the game from the get-go and held on with a boa constrictor-like vice. Goals from Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero ensured that the German winger wasn't missed, while Bernardo Silva stepped up to take over with aplomb.
Replacing Sane, the Spaniard was a livewire on the field, often running tirelessly between wings. He was artistically fluid on the ball, and distributed the ball effectively with a pin-point pass accuracy of 95%.
Kevin De Bruyne, who picked up yet another man of the match award, was at his usual best as he set up Fernandinho's goal in the first-half before adding one of his own in the second half.
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were also their ebullient selves, as the former notched a couple of assists on the night, while the latter added another goal to his tally.