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Cardiff 0-5 Manchester City REPORT: Riyad Mahrez grabs double as Sergio Aguero also scores

Manchester City bounced back from their Champions League defeat by coasting to an emphatic 5-0 win at Cardiff.

Sergio Aguero – who was making his 300th City appearance – Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan struck inside 12 first-half minutes as Pep Guardiola’s side got that 2-1 shock midweek home defeat to Lyon out of their system.

Substitute Riyad Mahrez added two more in the second half with his first goals since leaving Leicester and becoming City’s record signing in the summer.

Cardiff’s defeat dropped them in to the relegation zone and the Bluebirds are still searching for their first win following promotion to the Premier League.

Riyad Mahrez hit a double for Man City (Image: PA)

Mahrez scores his first goal against Cardiff (Image: Getty Images Europe)
The two sides had met in a controversial FA Cup fourth-round tie in January, which saw Guardiola urge players to receive extra protection from referees after Joe Bennett’s bad tackle had left his German winger Leroy Sane with ligament damage.

Eight months on and Bennett was dropped to the bench for a contest that rarely saw Cardiff get close to rampant City, although Joe Ralls was lucky to escape a red card close to the break for an ugly knee-high challenge on Gundogan.

City dominated both possession and territory in the opening half-hour without creating much of great note in driving rain.

Bruno Ecuele Manga’s precious touch prevented Raheem Sterling from tapping into an empty net and Gundogan sent his half-volley over the crossbar after Sean Morrison’s weak header had come back to him.

But City’s patient approach paid off after 32 minutes when Gundogan and Silva combined for Aguero to mark his landmark appearance with a crisp finish past Neil Etheridge in the Cardiff goal.

The lead was doubled within three minutes as Sane crossed from the right and Silva’s clever backward header looped in at the far post.

Sergio Aguero scored on his 300th appearance (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Ilkay Gundogan also netted (Image: REUTERS)
Etheridge came to Cardiff’s rescue to deny Aguero from close range, but a minute before half-time Gundogan played a one-two with Sterling and curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Cardiff’s misery should have got worse moments later when Ralls caught Gundogan high with a challenge that evoked memories of Bennett’s tackle on Sane.

But referee Michael Oliver chose to show a yellow card rather than a red, and Cardiff were spared the punishment of playing the second half with 10 men.

Cardiff did lose Lee Peltier just after half-time, the game held up for some time with the right-back seemingly suffering a shoulder injury.

Sane clipped the outside of a post with a diving header before Mahrez scored within six minutes of replacing Aguero.

Sterling fed Gundogan down the left and his inch-perfect cross was rolled home by Mahrez.

Sane and Sterling had further chances to extend the lead before Mahrez pounced on Manga’s mistake two minutes from time and score with an unerring low drive.

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Manchester City bounce back from their Champions League defeat with an emphatic victory over Cardiff City this afternoon. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring after an underwhelming start to the contest from Pep Guardiola’s men. However, after the breakthrough it was all one-way traffic. Bernardo Silva added a second two minutes after Aguero’s effort, while Ilkay Gundogan made it three with a stunner before half-time. Riyad Mahrez notched his first City goal after entering the action from the bench and he made it five with a strike to cap off the win just before full-time.
90+3 minsminute by minute

FULL-TIME: CARDIFF 0-5 MANCHESTER CITY
90+2 minsminute by minute

City are going to see his game out with a clean sheet as Delph repels a late attempt from Reid down the right flank.
90 minsminute by minute

There will be three minutes of added time.
90 minsSTATS

Overall Possession Ratio

Possession

KEY EVENT

GOOAAALLLL

89 minsminute by minute

GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! 5-0 CITY!! MAHREZ HAS HIS SECOND!!! Mahrez capitalises on a mistake from Ecuele Manga and crashes a low strike into the bottom corner. The Cardiff defender had initially done well to stop Sterling’s run into the box, but his casual offload to Arter was intercepted by Mahrez. He cut inside on his left foot before burying his effort past Etheridge into the net.
87 minsminute by minute

SAVE! Bernardo Silva releases the run of Foden in the box and the youngster takes a good first touch to edge away from Morrison. He cannot quite connect with his effort and Etheridge gets down to make the stop.
85 minsminute by minute

City are going to see this victory out with relative ease. Since the 32nd minute, they’ve been outstanding.
83 minsminute by minute

SAVE! Mahrez twists and turns his man down the right flank. He forces a low strike towards the bottom corner, but Etheridge is alert to make the stop.
82 minsminute by minute

City have enjoyed 80% possession in the contest, while the statistic is even higher at 82% for the second half.
80 minsminute by minute

SAVE! Sterling powers his effort towards the target, but Etheridge watches the ball all the way to turn it behind for a corner. A solid stop from the keeper.
79 minsminute by minute

Morrison slides in late on Sterling and hands City a free-kick in a dangerous position. Sterling wants to take the set-piece.
79 minsminute by minute

City are maintaining their standards even as we approach the closing stages of the game. Their passing has been flawless in the second half.
KEY EVENT

Mahrez goal on pics

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(Image: Getty Images Europe)

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77 minsminute by minute

Mahrez looks for the run of Foden through the middle, but Morrison sticks out a leg to make the intervention.
KEY EVENT

Gundogan goal in pics

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(Image: REUTERS)

75 minsminute by minute

Substitution David Junior Hoilett Josh Murphy
75 minsSTATS

Overall Possession Ratio

Possession

74 minsminute by minute

Stones replaces Fernandinho for the visitors.
73 minsminute by minute

BLOCK! Foden raids down the left and he picks out Bernardo Silva with a fine cross to the back post, displaying a great vision. The Portuguese pulls the trigger, but Ralls gets across just in time to make the goal-saving block.
71 minsminute by minute

City are stroking the ball around the pitch with relative ease. They’ve dominated the second half and still look hungry for further goals.
69 minsminute by minute

Gundogan makes way for Foden.
KEY EVENT

GOOAAALLLLL

67 minsminute by minute

GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MAHREZ HAS HIS FIRST CITY GOAL!!! 4-0!!!! It’s another brilliant team goal from the visitors. Sterling releases Gundogan down the left flank and the German fires a low ball across the face of goal. This time Etheridge stays home and it costs Cardiff as Mahrez latches on to the delivery at the back post to guide his strike into the net.
67 minsminute by minute

Gundogan has been extremely impressive this afternoon. He continues his fine outing with a good run down the left and a brilliant cross for Mahrez to convert.
KEY EVENT

Bernardo Silva goal in pics

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(Image: REUTERS)

65 minsminute by minute

City will be determined to see this one out with a clean sheet. Guardiola will not have been pleased with their defending during the week. Cardiff will keep coming so this will be a test of their character.
63 minsminute by minute

Zohore replaces Ward for the home side.

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