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Burnley 0-3 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling scores twice in Carabao Cup

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Manchester City score against Burnley in the Carabao Cup
Manchester City are unbeaten in the competition since October 2016

Raheem Sterling's first two Manchester City goals of the season - and Ferran Torres' first for the club - ensured the holders reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at Burnley's expense.

City dominated the game and Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell had to twice smartly deny Sterling before the England forward got the breakthrough after Benjamin Mendy's cross.

His second was a close-range finish from Torres' cross before the Spain winger, who joined from Valencia for £20.78m in August, put the tie beyond Burnley's reach with an instinctive finish to cap a fine individual display.

Burnley struggled to create chances and it required a fine block by Peacock-Farrell to deny Sterling, who has scored 33 goals for City since the start of last season, his hat-trick.

It was the perfect response by Pep Guardiola's side after their 5-2 home drubbing by Leicester City last Sunday.

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place after Liverpool's tie against Arsenal (19:45 BST) on Thursday.

Night of positives for City

After last weekend's nightmare, this was much more positive for City as 18-year-old Cole Palmer offered a glimpse into the future while key centre-back Aymeric Laporte proved a calming influence on his return.

Born in Wythenshawe, boyhood City fan Palmer showed flashes of promise on his senior debut.

The teenager had one attempt that went over the bar and then tried to pick out Sterling to complete his hat-trick, with Burnley scrambling it clear.

Laporte, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month, was making his first appearance of the season.

Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling celebrate a Manchester City goal against Burnley in the Carabao Cup
Cole Palmer celebrates with Raheem Sterling during Manchester City's win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup

Against a Burnley side that lacked cutting edge, the Frenchman helped City to a first clean sheet since 26 July.

The Clarets had two shouts for a penalty, the first when Charlie Taylor went down inside the penalty area and the second after Kyle Walker's challenge on winger Dwight McNeil.

Referee Andrew Madley waved both appeals away and, with no video assistant referee in operation to review it and give the Clarets a glimmer of hope, Burnley's run in the competition ended.

'Far away from our best' - what they said

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "We thought we would have to put a strong side out, we're stretched and we're trying to rest people but we can't really because we've got to keep going.

"I know Manchester City have got a few injuries themselves but they still put some very good players out there and they delivered a performance to win the game."

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "It was important we didn't concede and the team was good in general. We are still far away from our best because we're not training much. We have a lot of players out, six because of Covid and four injuries.

"But step by step, when we have all the squad, we will get better

"Ferran Torres needs to improve some things, because we haven't trained much or spoke much. He has the skills, he's young, he's aggressive and he can play on both sides."

What's next?

While Burnley are at Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday (20:00 BST), Manchester City are away at Leeds (17:30) earlier on the same day.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 2LowtonSubstituted forBardsleyat 78'minutes
  • 28Long
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 3Taylor
  • 11McNeil
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 23Pieters
  • 27VydraSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forBensonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wood
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson
  • 44Goodridge
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon

Man City

  • 13Steffen
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forHarwood-Bellisat 66'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 14Laporte
  • 22Mendy
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16RodriSubstituted forAkéat 74'minutes
  • 80Palmer
  • 21Torres
  • 7SterlingBooked at 76mins
  • 26Mahrez

Substitutes

  • 6Aké
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 31Ederson
  • 47Foden
  • 48Delap
  • 69Doyle
  • 78Harwood-Bellis
Referee:
Andy Madley

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home3
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 0, Manchester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Manchester City 3.

  3. Booking

    Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Westwood (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dwight McNeil.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Manchester City. Zack Steffen tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Tarkowski following a set piece situation.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Phil Bardsley replaces Matthew Lowton because of an injury.

  12. Booking

    Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

  14. Post update

    Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Nathan Aké replaces Rodrigo.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Cole Palmer (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Josh Brownhill (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a through ball.

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