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Guardiola hails City’s magnificent seven

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City produced the best performance of his reign in their swaggering 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne was outstanding, producing two assists and playing a part in three more goals as City scored seven goals for the first time since Guardiola took charge in July 2016.

City crush Stoke with magnificent seven, Palace stun Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Manchester City maintained their blistering start to the season as the Premier League leaders demolished Stoke City 7-2, while champions Chelsea crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.

With second-placed Manchester United settling for a drab stalemate at Anfield earlier in the day, it was their Manchester rivals who provided the thrills as City moved two points clear at the top.

City crush Stoke with magnificent seven, Palace stun Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Manchester City maintained their blistering start to the season as the Premier League leaders demolished Stoke City 7-2, while champions Chelsea crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.

With second-placed Manchester United settling for a drab stalemate at Anfield earlier in the day, it was their Manchester rivals who provided the thrills as City moved two points clear at the top.

Last-gasp Sterling breaks Bournemouth hearts

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Raheem Sterling scored a 97th-minute winner and was then sent off as Manchester City snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

Bournemouth took a 13th-minute lead through a remarkable strike from left-back Charlie Daniels, who slammed a half-volley in off Ederson’s crossbar from a position wide on the left.

Last-gasp Sterling breaks Bournemouth hearts

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Raheem Sterling scored a 97th-minute winner and was then sent off as Manchester City snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

Bournemouth took a 13th-minute lead through a remarkable strike from left-back Charlie Daniels, who slammed a half-volley in off Ederson’s crossbar from a position wide on the left.

Silva, Costa keep Spain in front of Italy in World Cup qualification

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Skopje (AFP) – Spain kept their noses in front of Italy in the fight for automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup as David Silva and Diego Costa were on target in a 2-1 win in Macedonia on Sunday.

The two European giants remain locked on 16 points at the top of Group G of UEFA qualifying after Italy saw off Liechtenstein 5-0 in Udine.

Silva, Costa keep Spain in front of Italy

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Skopje (AFP) – Spain kept their noses in front of Italy in the fight for automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup as David Silva and Diego Costa were on target in a 2-1 win in Macedonia on Sunday.

The two European giants remain locked on 16 points at the top of Group G of UEFA qualifying after Italy saw off Liechtenstein 5-0 in Udine.

Morata saves Spain in four-goal Colombia thriller

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Murcia (Spain) (AFP) – Alvaro Morata came off the bench to salvage Julien Lopetegui’s unbeaten record as Spain coach in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Colombia in Murcia on Wednesday.

After Edwin Cardona had cancelled out David Silva’s opener for the hosts, Radamel Falcao’s first international goal for two years had Colombia on course for a famous win.

Morata saves Spain in four-goal Colombia thriller

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Murcia (Spain) (AFP) – Alvaro Morata came off the bench to salvage Julien Lopetegui’s unbeaten record as Spain coach in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Colombia in Murcia on Wednesday.

After Edwin Cardona had cancelled out David Silva’s opener for the hosts, Radamel Falcao’s first international goal for two years had Colombia on course for a famous win.

Jesus, Aguero can shine together, insists Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola is certain Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero can play together for Manchester City despite suggesting it was a disaster when they first linked up.

Guardiola surprisingly started with the fit-again Aguero on the bench as City moved a step closer to Champions League qualification by beating Leicester 2-1 at Eastlands on Saturday.

Mahrez penalty mishap lets Man City off hook

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Riyad Mahrez’s disallowed penalty allowed Manchester City to take a significant step towards Champions League qualification with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday.

All of the goals came in the first half at the Etihad Stadium, with David Silva’s opener for the home side allowed to stand despite a strong suggestion of offside.

City boost top four bid, Hull in danger

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London (AFP) – Manchester City improved their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while Swansea’s 1-0 win over Everton pushed Hull into the relegation zone on Saturday.

Frustrated by damaging draws in their previous two games, City got back on track and climbed to third in the table after a stylish display inspired by David Silva’s return from injury at Eastlands.

City boost top four bid, Hull in danger

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London (AFP) – Manchester City improved their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while Swansea’s 1-0 win over Everton pushed Hull into the relegation zone on Saturday.

Frustrated by damaging draws in their previous two games, City got back on track and climbed to third in the table after a stylish display inspired by David Silva’s return from injury at Eastlands.

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Video replay aids Spain as Sweden foil Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) – Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira.

Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Silva leads stylish Spain’s upturn in Israel win

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain remained well on course to book their place at the World Cup in Russia as David Silva conducted another clinical win over Israel, cementing the 2010 world champions’ upturn in fortunes under Julien Lopetegui.

After the routine 4-1 win in Gijon on Friday the former goalkeeper is unbeaten in his seven games as national boss since replacing veteran Vicente del Bosque.

Buffon reaches 1,000 as Italy and Spain cruise in World Cup qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) – Italy kept pace with Spain in European World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon played his 1,000th professional match in a 2-0 victory over Albania on Friday.

A first-half Daniele De Rossi penalty and late second from Ciro Immobile was enough to earn the Azzurri three points but they remain behind Spain on goal difference at the top of Group G after La Rioja downed Israel 4-1.

Manchester City cruise into FA Cup semi-finals

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday as Pep Guardiola showed he is taking the competition seriously.

Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero were scant reward for City as they easily out-classed Middlesbrough, who must have feared such an outcome when they witnessed the team named by Guardiola.

Guardiola faces FA Cup selection headache

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough as the Manchester City manager juggles the demands of competing for silverware on two fronts.

Guardiola must decide how many of City’s best players to risk for at the Riverside Stadium as they have a crucial Champions League last 16 second leg clash with Monaco four days later.

Guardiola faces FA Cup selection headache

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough as the Manchester City manager juggles the demands of competing for silverware on two fronts.

Guardiola must decide how many of City’s best players to risk for at the Riverside Stadium as they have a crucial Champions League last 16 second leg clash with Monaco four days later.

Jesus saves Man City with last-gasp winner

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gabriel Jesus scored two goals including an injury-time winner as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City recorded a dramatic 2-1 victory over struggling Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The home side looked in complete control during a dominant first-half showing only to surrender an 81st-minute equaliser to Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Chelsea can only lose title now, says Guardiola

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London (AFP) Pep Guardiola claimed Premier League leaders Chelsea have nothing to fear from Manchester City despite his side's 4-0 demolition of West Ham.

Guardiola's team delivered a swaggering display at the London Stadium on Wednesday as goals from Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Yaya Toure secured City's biggest league win since October.

Guardiola makes his point as City crush West Ham

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London (AFP) Manchester City gave the perfect response to Pep Guardiola's ruthless team selection as they demolished West Ham with a swaggering 4-0 victory on Wednesday.

Guardiola underlined to his spluttering side that nobody is safe from the axe as he surprisingly left star striker Sergio Aguero and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on the bench at the London Stadium.

Costa double leads eight-goal start for Lopetegui’s Spain

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Madrid (AFP) Newly-appointed Spain coach Julien Lopetegui enjoyed a perfect competitive debut as Diego Costa, David Silva and Alvaro Morata all hit doubles in an 8-0 drubbing of Liechtenstein in Leon on Monday.

Costa scored his first Spain goal since 2014 after just 10 minutes, but despite complete domination of the game the hosts had to settle for just a one-goal lead at half-time.

Silva double blasts Spain past Belgium

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Brussels (AFP) Spain earned a World Cup qualifying boost by beating Belgium 2-0 in an international friendly on Thursday thanks to a David Silva double.

Both sides were on the rebound from disappointing Euro 2016 campaigns with new coaches Roberto Martinez for Belgium and Basque Jolen Lopotegui for Spain.

Silva double blasts Spain past Belgium

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Brussels (AFP) Spain earned a World Cup qualifying boost by beating Belgium 2-0 in an international friendly on Thursday thanks to a David Silva double.

Both sides were on the rebound from disappointing Euro 2016 campaigns with new coaches Roberto Martinez for Belgium and Basque Jolen Lopotegui for Spain.

‘Normal’ that Spain are Euro favourites: Silva

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Manchester City midfielder David Silva believes it is "normal" that two-time defending champions Spain have been made the bookies' favourites after a scintillating start to their Euro 2016 campaign.

Vicente del Bosque's men have already secured their place in the last 16 after sweeping aside Turkey 3-0 on Friday after opening with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

‘Normal’ that Spain are Euro favourites: Silva

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Manchester City midfielder David Silva believes it is "normal" that two-time defending champions Spain have been made the bookies' favourites after a scintillating start to their Euro 2016 campaign.

Vicente del Bosque's men have already secured their place in the last 16 after sweeping aside Turkey 3-0 on Friday after opening with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Euro 2016: Cech keeps Czechs level with Spain at half-time

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) European champions Spain were frustrated by goalkeeping heroics from Czech Republic captain Petr Cech to go in 0-0 at half-time of their Euro 2016 Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

David de Gea's selection ahead of captain Iker Casillas in the Spain goal dominated headlines before kick-off.

Euro 2016: Cech keeps Czechs level with Spain at half-time

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) European champions Spain were frustrated by goalkeeping heroics from Czech Republic captain Petr Cech to go in 0-0 at half-time of their Euro 2016 Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

David de Gea's selection ahead of captain Iker Casillas in the Spain goal dominated headlines before kick-off.

Champions Spain kick off Euro 2016 preparations

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Madrid (AFP) Two-time defending champions Spain kicked off preparations for Euro 2016 on Monday with a first gathering which included just eight of the 25 players called up by coach Vicente del Bosque for next month's tournament, with the others still tied by club commitments.

Among those attending the session at the Spanish federation's Las Rozas sports complex near Madrid were Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta, Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz and Mikel San Jose, Manchester City's David Silva, Villarreal's Bruno Soriano and Celta Vigo's Nolito.

Champions Spain kick off Euro 2016 preparations

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Madrid (AFP) Two-time defending champions Spain kicked off preparations for Euro 2016 on Monday with a first gathering which included just eight of the 25 players called up by coach Vicente del Bosque for next month's tournament, with the others still tied by club commitments.

Among those attending the session at the Spanish federation's Las Rozas sports complex near Madrid were Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta, Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz and Mikel San Jose, Manchester City's David Silva, Villarreal's Bruno Soriano and Celta Vigo's Nolito.

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Man City: Citizens Go Two Points Clear After Seven-Goal Mauling Of Stoke (Video)

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Manchester City moved two points clear of rivals Man Utd at the top of the table after a magnificent display against Stoke at the Etihad.

Gabriel Jesus netted the first of his two goals on 17 minutes, netting from close-range from a Kyle Walker cut-back.

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Man City close to sealing agreement with midfielder, star set to earn around £150k-a-week

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Manchester City midfielder David Silva is close to signing a new deal with the club.

The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of next season. Initially, the club struggled to negotiate the wages but it is believed that the player has agreed to sign a new deal worth around £150,000 a week.

Man City: Sergio Aguero Nets Hat-Trick As Citizens Batter Watford In Ominous Win At Vicarage Road (Video)

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Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as a rampant Manchester City put six past Watford at Vicarage Road.

The goalfest got underway just before the half-hour mark, with Aguero heading home a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick.

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After £161m spending are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City ready to compete?

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Manchester City have spent more than any Premier League club this summer, but is their squad-building actually complete and ready to roll? Tarutr Malhotra assesses Pep's 2016/17 squad......

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Man City Reveal New 2016/17 Home Kit Complete With New Club Crest (Photos)

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That man there is Pep Guardiola. He is Manchester City's new manager and he is sat in front of the brand new strip his team will be wearing as of the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

In-keeping with the general theme, the kit will be the first to feature City's brand new badge which, you may notice, looks an awful lot like their old badge in many ways.

Friday Kickoff: Kante, Silva, Ronaldo and more

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One of the Premier League's breakout players could be on the move, while another of the league's superstars is set for a spell on the sidelines.

Manchester United is reportedly interested in signing Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante and the club is reportedly set to approach the Premier League leaders when the two sides collide this weekend at Old Trafford.

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Perisic fires late to lead Croatia past Spain in Group D decider

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Spain needed just one point to win their Euro 2016 group,but Ivan Perisic had other ideas.

Having amassed fivepoints heading into Tuesday's clash,Spain fell to second in Group D with a 2-1 loss to Croatia on Tuesday. Led by an 88th minute Perisic goal, the result sees Croatia leap to the top of Group D, sealing a much more favorable route through the knockout stages.

Wednesday Kickoff: Platini; Nainggolan; Sakho and more

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The head of UEFA expects to return to the game in the very near future, while one of Serie A's top midfielders may be on the move.

Michel Platini's lawyer believes the Frenchman will be cleared to resume his duties as UEFA president before Euro 2016. In February, Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had their bans reduced from eight to six years.