EPL: Jesus nets brace as City thumps Burnley to close gap at the top

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Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is recovering his form in style as he doubled to help the defending champions in a 4-1 victory over Burnley that closed the gap on Premier League table top.

Pep Guardiola described last season’s 1-0 win at Turf Moor as being like a “trip to the dentist”, though Jesus’ brace ensured no pain for City this time around.

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Thrusting into the line-up of City in the aftermath of the injury of Sergio Aguero, Jesus scored either side of the half-time to put the visitors in complete control, breaking his five-match scoreless streak in the league.

Jesus could have rounded off a hat-trick soon after netting his second, though his rare moment of profligacy did not prove costly – Rodri’s thunderbolt making sure of the points.

Robbie Brady snatched a consolation for Burnley after Riyad Mahrez had added further gloss for City late on, as the defending champions moved, temporarily at least, into second, eight points shy of Liverpool.

Jesus thought he had flicked City ahead early on after turning in Angelino’s strike, but the goal was rightly disallowed for offside.

Kevin De Bruyne’s charge set City away and, with referee Jonathan Moss allowing play to roll on despite a hefty challenge on the Belgian from Jack Cork, David Silva took charge to supply Jesus. After cutting in on his right, the Brazilian curled a sensational finish into the top-right corner.

Nick Pope denied City a second prior to half-time, though Burnley’s goalkeeper was helpless to prevent Jesus brilliantly prodding home Bernardo Silva’s cross after the restart.

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Jesus looked all set to complete a hat-trick three minutes later but, after an exquisite turn, the youngster failed to apply the finish from a tight angle.

Ashley Barnes’ introduction handed Burnley fresh impetus, yet hopes of a comeback were extinguished when Rodri thumped in a venomous first-time strike.

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The rout was complete with three minutes remaining with substitute Mahrez drilling in a low effort from the edge of the area for his 50th Premier League goal – before Brady slammed in from close-range to get Burnley a consolation.

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