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MANCHESTER: Manchester City bounced back from their Champions League heartbreak to take the Premier League title race firmly into their own hands with a 5-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling’s brace and goals from Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden took Pep Guardiola’s men three points clear of Liverpool with three games to play.
As it happened: Man City v Newcastle United
City also trailed the Reds by four goals on goal difference, which could still decide the title if the defending champions lose any of their remaining games to Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa.
The title is the only trophy City are fighting for after missing out on the chance to reach a second successive Champions League final against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The Spanish giants came from two goals down in the final stages to win a classic semi-final 6-5 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Liverpool in Paris.

Liverpool remain in contention for a historic quadruple of trophies, but their 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham on Saturday opened the door for City to extend their lead at the top of the table.
City showed no signs of physical fatigue or a mental hangover from Madrid as they took full advantage.
Guardiola refreshed his squad with four changes to the squad which started at the Bernabeu.
Kyle Walker was sidelined by a recurrence of an ankle injury, while Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez were left on the bench.

But City’s strength from depth shone through as Sterling, Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko all played in a brilliant team performance.
A comfortable afternoon for the home side could have been very different if Chris Wood hadn’t headed straight for Ederson from the start, with unmarked Joelinton also waiting at the far post to apply the finishing touch.
The odds also came and went at the other end in a frantic opener as Laporte exploded from a corner and Joao Cancelo failed to convert Kevin De Bruyne’s teasing cross.
Cancelo made amends by creating the opener as he headed towards Sterling’s goal to nod in his first Premier League goal since February.
Newcastle had the ball in the net moments later when Wood turned in from a corner, but the offside flag had already been raised against Bruno Guimaraes.
City’s strength from set pieces played a huge role in putting them in pole position to retain the title.
Guardiola’s men scored twice from dead balls at Leeds last weekend and did so again to put the game beyond the Magpies.
Laporte atoned for his earlier failure with a close-range strike seven minutes before the break after Dubravka knocked down Gundogan’s shot from a well-worked De Bruyne corner.
De Bruyne was again the creator for the third as his corner was headed in at the near post by Rodri.
Only a stunning save from Dubravka deprived Zinchenko of a fourth with a powerful surge.
City fans were able to bask in the cries of ‘champions’ for the final quarter and two extra goals in stoppage time gave them assurance of a goal difference cushion even if they were to lose some points in the following fortnight.
Foden came off the bench to head Zinchenko’s low cross before he and Grealish combined to tee off Sterling for his second of the game.



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