Manchester City strengthened their lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Fulham, with Sergio Aguero scoring his first Premier League goal in 14 months.
Fulham held off City until the second half, but they scored three times in the final 13 minutes to claim the win and pull 17 points ahead of Manchester United at the top of the table.
After John Stones scored from a Joao Cancelo free-kick, Gabriel Jesus took advantage of a fortunate ricochet as Fulham attempted to clear for City’s second goal.
Manchester City continued to look like the invincible team they have been all season, roaring back with straight wins since their 21-game winning streak was broken by derby rivals United at the weekend.
After former City defender Tosin Adarabioyo fouled Ferran Torres, Aguero calmly stepped up and calmly drove the ball into the corner of the net and past Alphonse Areola from the penalty spot to seal the three points.
Despite conceding just two goals in their previous seven league matches, Fulham maintained their momentum from last Sunday’s victory at Liverpool in the early stages but were soon punished after a poor start to the second half.
Fulham made a strong start, attempting to play long balls to Ademola Lookman behind Manchester City’s defense. Ivan Cavaleiro spotted the 23-year-old inside the first four minutes and pushed him towards goal, but he was flagged offside.
The game’s first real opportunity fell to the league leaders, with Areola called into action as he stretched himself to deny Torres an opener with his legs.
Fulham’s decision not to field a recognized forward seemed to have caught up with them in the first half, as they were able to get through but lacked the final ball and seemed to have few options.
Stones was left unmarked in the 47th minute and tapped home a well-weighted Cancelo free-kick from the left to hand City the lead.
Pep Guardiola’s side doubled their lead after a lucky recovery less than 10 minutes apart.
As Joachim Andersen’s effort to clear the ball collided with teammate Cavaleiro, the ball bounced behind the Fulham defense and into the direction of Jesus, who had enough time and space to circle Areola before slamming the ball into the net.
On the hour, Adarabioyo dallied in possession before tripping Torres in the corner, with referee Andre Marriner pointing to the penalty spot.
To all-but clinch the three points, Aguero shot the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, his first Premier League goal since January 2020.
Fulham attempted to claw their way back into the game, and substitute Josh Onomah came close when Aleksandar Mitrovic fed the ball to the midfielder, who got a shot off, but it was deflected wide by a last-ditch challenge from City defender Aymeric Laporte.