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  • Updated: December 15, 2021

Man City Rain Goals On Leeds Utd To Extend League Lead By Four Points

Manchester City geared four points clear at the top of the Premier League as Kevin De Bruyne inspired a 7-0 rout of Leeds to shrug off coronavirus fears in England.

De Bruyne delivered an imperious display including two goals on his first league start since November 6 after the Belgian star recovered from a bout of COVID-19.

Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones and Nathan Ake were also on target as Pep Guardiola's side ran riot at the Etihad Stadium.

City's seventh successive league victory put pressure on second-placed Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea, who face Newcastle and Everton respectively on Thursday.

The champions' biggest win this season equalled Liverpool's 1982 top-flight record of 33 victories in a calendar year.

"We're proud of the way we're playing. When you get these results it is because individually they are brilliant," Guardiola said. 

"Kevin, in these type of games when it is open up and down, is devastating as he can do what he wants. He's so important for us."

It was the joint biggest league defeat in Leeds' history and shell-shocked boss Marcelo Bielsa said: "We've never had a performance like this. There is no justification. I have to take responsibility."

City took the lead in the eighth minute when Foden's shot was deflected in via Stuart Dallas's miscued attempt to clear off the line.

It was City's 500th Premier League goal in 207 matches under Guardiola, setting a new record that surpassed the previous fastest mark by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Grealish had managed just two goals for City since his British record £100 million ($132 million) transfer from Aston Villa.

In the 13th minute, the 26-year-old headed in Mahrez's cross to score for the first time since September.

De Bruyne marked his return with his first goal since October, converting Rodri's defence-splitting pass in the 32nd minute.

Mahrez added City's fourth in the 49th minute when his strike deflected in off Junior Firpo.

De Bruyne made it five in the 62nd minute with a thunderous 20-yard drive into the roof of the net.

Stones blasted home in the 74th minute and Ake headed City's seventh four minutes later. 

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Oladimeji Balogun
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English Premier League 2021/2022 TABLE

English Premier League
No Teams P Pts
1 Manchester City 38 93
2 Liverpool 38 92
3 Chelsea 38 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 71
5 Arsenal 38 69
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Phil Foden
Phil
Foden
EN England
  • HEIGHT

    1.71 m

  • WEIGHT

    70 kg

  • AGE

    21

Riyad Mahrez
Riyad
Mahrez
DZ Algeria
  • HEIGHT

    1.79 m

  • WEIGHT

    67 kg

  • AGE

    31

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin
De Bruyne
BE Belgium
  • HEIGHT

    1.81 m

  • WEIGHT

    68 kg

  • AGE

    30

Nathan Ake
Nathan
Ake
NL Netherlands (the)
  • HEIGHT

    1.8 m

  • WEIGHT

    71 kg

  • AGE

    27

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Manchester City
Manchester City

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Leeds United
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