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Super Jesus leads the City onslaught

Burnley 1 Manchester City 4

Two good: Gabriel Jesus hails his double against Burnley
Two good: Gabriel Jesus hails his double against Burnley

By Ian Parker

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

After the disappointment of Saturday's draw against Newcastle, which left City 11 points behind Liverpool, this was a strong reaction from Pep Guardiola's men.

Jesus curled in a lovely opener in the 24th minute and doubled the lead just after half-time, while the third and best of the lot came from Rodri, who conjured one of the goals of the season for his second in the Premier League, thundering a volley into the roof of the net.

Substitute Riyad Mahrez netted his 50th Premier League goal in the 87th minute, with another replacement, Burnley's Robbie Brady, grabbing a consolation two minutes later to deny City a clean sheet.

Burnley looked relatively comfortable for the first quarter of the game but a moment of real quality saw City take the lead, with David Silva and Rodri combining to play in Jesus, who curled a delicious shot home.

Half-time did not disrupt the visitors' momentum and they doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart, Jesus hooking in Bernardo Silva's cross.

City's third in the 68th minute was the best of the lot, Rodri unleashing a volley from 20 yards after David Silva's effort was blocked.

That killed the game completely as a contest but Mahrez, on for Sterling, produced another precision finish to make it four before Brady took advantage of a fortunate deflection.

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