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Man City 2-0 Cardiff: Champions return to top of Premier League

Leroy Sane

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Cardiff City at Etihad Stadium.

Kevin de Bruyne scored his first league goal since December as the hosts took an early lead, before Leroy Sane volleyed in on the stroke of half-time.

The only concern for the defending champions was over Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was taken off with a hamstring injury in the first period.

City's victory takes them one point above Liverpool; both teams have six matches to play.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 3Danilo
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 35ZinchenkoSubstituted forWalkerat 19'minutes
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 47Foden
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 2Walker
  • 4Kompany
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 21Silva
  • 49Muric

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2PeltierBooked at 34mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3BennettBooked at 8mins
  • 11MurphySubstituted forMendez-Laingat 60'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forBacunaat 81'minutes
  • 8RallsBooked at 53mins
  • 33Hoilett
  • 21CamarasaSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 83'minutes
  • 29Niasse

Substitutes

  • 10Zohore
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 15Bacuna
  • 18Cunningham
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 23K Harris
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
53,559

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home79%
Away21%
Shots
Home27
Away4
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home17
Away4
Fouls
Home3
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 2, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Cardiff City 0.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Danilo.

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Hand ball by Phil Foden (Manchester City).

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Bobby De Cordova-Reid replaces Víctor Camarasa.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Leandro Bacuna replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Víctor Camarasa with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Danilo.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Attempt saved. Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Víctor Camarasa.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Phil Foden (Manchester City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden.

Attempt saved. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Josh Murphy.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kyle Walker following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by David Junior Hoilett.

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Phil Foden following a corner.

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