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Manchester City v Burnley - Story of the match

Manchester City overcame another Fernandinho red card to beat Burnley 2-1 with goals from Gael Clichy and substitute Sergio Aguero.

City had to play almost two-thirds of a fractious Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium with 10 men after the Brazilian was dismissed for a third time in six games after a two-footed tackle.

But a rare strike from Clichy and a fine effort from Aguero, who surprisingly started on the bench, earned City the points even though a scrambled Ben Mee reply meant a nervy last 20 minutes.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Some disputing whether that was a red, but it was two-footed and out of control, so Fernandinho can only blame himself. #MCFC" - Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News gives his verdict on Fernandinho's sending-off for a challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

STAR MAN

Raheem Sterling.

In what was a tough assignment for City, when they were threatening, this man tended to be at the heart of the action.

SURPRISE OF THE MATCH

Aguero being dropped. Eyebrows were raised when it emerged City boss Pep Guardiola had opted to demote his top scorer to the bench, with Kelechi Iheanacho being brought in as his replacement.

What did not come as much of a surprise was that at half-time Guardiola then chose to take the ineffective Iheanacho off and bring Aguero on - something that subsequently paid off handsomely as the Argentinian's excellent finish steered the hosts to victory.

DATA POINT

This was the first time, at the third attempt, that Manchester City have managed to beat Burnley at home in the Premier League. This fixture ended 2-2 in 2014-15 and 3-3 in 2009-10.

RATINGS

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo: 6 (out of 10)

Bacary Sagna: 6

Nicolas Otamendi: 6

Aleksandar Kolarov: 6

Gael Clichy: 7

Yaya Toure: 7

Fernandinho: 2

Jesus Navas: 6

Kevin De Bruyne: 6

Raheem Sterling: 7

Kelechi Iheanacho: 5

Substitutes

Sergio Aguero (for Iheanacho, 45): 7

David Silva (for Navas, 45): 7

John Stones (for Sterling, 89): 5

Burnley

Tom Heaton: 7

Matthew Lowton: 7

Michael Keane: 6

Ben Mee: 6

Stephen Ward: 7

George Boyd: 6

Jeff Hendrick: 7

Scott Arfield: 6

Johann Berg Gudmundsson: 6

Ashley Barnes: 6

Andre Gray: 6

Substitutes

Steven Defour (for Gudmundsson, 59): 6

Sam Vokes (for Barnes, 69): 6

Patrick Bamford (for Arfield, 88): 6

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