MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City rose from disappointment in their Champions League exit with a 5-0 rout of Newcastle that sent the defending Premier League champions three points clear of Liverpool at the summit on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling scored twice while Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden were also on target at the Etihad Stadium as City closed in on a sixth title in 10 years with three games remaining.
The performance and result was a resounding response to Real Madrid’s late semi-final collapse on Wednesday that ended City’s bid for a first European Cup. He also benefited from second-placed Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday.
City took the lead in the 19th minute after a fine vision from Ilkay Gündoğan, who sent a fine ball through the box to spot João Cancelo at the far post. The defender headed for goal and Sterling dived home.
The second goal came after a corner in the 38th. Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka failed to block Gündoğan’s volley from the edge of the box. Although Dubravka reacted quickly to stop Ruben Dias on the rebound, he couldn’t stop Laporte from inserting.
The third goal also came from a corner in the 61st when Rodri found space at the near post to head home after Kevin De Bruyne delivered.
This only served to inflame City further and Foden made it 4-0 in the last minute before Sterling completed the rout in injury time against 13th-placed Newcastle.
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