Manchester City returned to the top position of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. First-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane were enough to see off Neil Warnock's side as the team now has 80 points from 32 games.
The Citizens dominated from the first whistle and managed to take the lead in the sixth minute when Kevin De Bruyne ran on to a clever pass from Aymeric Laporte and scored past Cardiff goal-keeper, Neil Etheridge.
Leroy Sane scored a wonderful second on the stroke of half-time with a left-foot drive after a clever chest pass from Gabriel Jesus to wrap-up an eighth straight league win for City.
City's eighth successive league win moves them a point ahead of Liverpool on the same number of games, while the Bluebirds remain five points adrift of safety in 18th.
On Wednesday, Jesus almost put City in front inside the opening minute, but he was inches away from converting De Bruyne's low ball across the goalmouth from the right.
After four minutes of play, Mahrez cut inside from the right on to his left foot and lashed a fierce effort which took a slight nick off Bruno Manga and was superbly parried away by Neil Etheridge.
The opening goal came two minutes later when Aymeric Laporte spotted the run of De Bruyne down the left area and somehow managed to send a rising shot past Etheridge into the roof of the net from a very tight angle.
Pep Guardiola's side continued to completely dominate possession with Jesus firing over the top from inside the area, before toe-poking an effort just wide via a deflection off Manga after being set up by De Bruyne from the left on 27 minutes.
Phil Foden and Fernandinho tried their luck from distance before City added a deserved second just before half-time when Jesus chest down a Mahrez cross into the path of Sane and the German international drilled a low left-foot effort into the bottom corner of the net for his 15th goal of the season.
The Citizens had over 20 shots on target in the match and Cardiff had their first on 74 minutes when Oumar Niasse's effort from outside the box was comfortably held by Ederson, much to the amusement of the home fans.
Cardiff is now five points away from safety. Their survival bid will rest on the results they get from the teams around them, rather than who is at the top of the standings.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after the win said, "We played really well. We started really well. It was a magnificent goal from Kevin de Bruyne. Unfortunately, we missed a lot of chances, we need to score more goals."
Pep Guardiola's side, which has won 23 of their 25 home matches across all competitions in 2018-19, is chasing an unprecedented quadruple. The team is likely to finish at the top if they win their remaining matches but the opponents won’t be as easy as their recent outing.
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