MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester City overcame the disappointment of their Champions League exit with a 5-0 rout of Newcastle that put the reigning Premier League champions three points clear of Liverpool at the top on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling scored twice, while Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden also scored at the Etihad Stadium as City approached their sixth title in 10 years with three games remaining.
The performance and result were an emphatic response to Real Madrid’s semi-final collapse on Wednesday, which ended City’s bid for a first European Cup. He also took advantage of Liverpool’s second-place draw 1-1 with Tottenham on Saturday.
City took the lead in the 19th minute after a fine vision from Ilkay Gündoğan, who hit a good ball in the area to score João Cancelo at the far post. The quarterback headed back into the net and Sterling dove in to score.
The second goal came after a corner in the 38th minute. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka couldn’t stop Gündoğan’s shot from outside the area. Although Dubravka reacted quickly to deny Ruben Dias on the rebound, he was unable to stop Laporte from slotting in.
The third goal also came from a corner in the 61st, when Rodri found space at the far post to head in after a shot by Kevin De Bruyne.
This only served to cheer City even more and Foden made it 4-0 in the last minute before Sterling completed the rout in stoppage time against 13th-placed Newcastle.
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