Manchester City 5 - 0 Fulham

Match info: Premier League at Etihad Stadium

Date: 22/03/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 47,262

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Man City

Yaya Toure 26 (pen),54 (pen),65
Fernandinho 84
Martin Demichelis 88



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  • The whistle goes for full-time and Manchester City have thrashed Fulham 5-0 to keep their title bid on track, thanks to a Yaya Toure hat-trick and further goals from Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis. Fulham fought hard in the first half but then rather capitulated after Fernando Amorebieta was sent off, and they remain bottom of the table.

  • Lewis Holtby is booked for diving but it looks a poor decision as he appeared to be clipped by Fernandinho.

  • Man City look like scoring at will at the moment but Alvaroi Negredo somehow misses from close range after Steve Sidwell gets into a real tangle trying to head the ball back to his keeper.

  • GOAL! Martin Demichelis makes it 5-0 to Man City with the simplest of goals, tapping the ball in from point-blank range at the back post after Fernandinho's initial shot from an acute angle is kept out by David Stockdale.

  • David Stockdale pulls off a stunning diving save low to his left to deny James Milner from 12 yards, after a great move also involving Jack Rodwell.

  • GOAL! Fernandinho proves that Yaya Toure is not the only Man City midfielder with an eye for goal as he manoeuvres the ball past William Kvist far too easily before driving in a wonderful finish.

  • Fulham's final change sees Pajtim Kasami come on for Cauley Woodrow.

  • Patrick Roberts puts Fulham in a spot of bother but recovers well to challenge Alvaro Negredo and concede a corner.

  • Stevan Jovetic returns to action for the closing stages as he comes on for Samir Nasri.

  • Steve Sidwell beats the offside trap but cannot quite latch on to the ball quickly enough as Joe Hart rushes out to gather smartly just inside the area.

  • Martin Demichelis almost makes it 4-0 to Man City with a fine strike through a crowded area, but it is blocked on the line by John Heitinga.

  • Yaya Toure receives a well-deserved standing ovation as he goes off to be replaced by Jack Rodwell.

  • Fulham are being made to chase shadows now, as Man City pass it around and conserve energy.

  • David Stockdale keeps Aleksandar Kolarov at bay with a superb save from the full-back's swerving 20-yard strike.

  • James Milner exchanges passes with Alvaro Negredo before letting off a shot which takes a deflection off John Heitinga and rolls just wide.

  • Lewis Holtby provides some respite for Fulham with a clever turn to set up an attack, before Cauley Woodrow's right-wing cross is plucked out of the air by Joe Hart.

  • Jesus Navas replaces David Silva for the final 20 minutes or so.

  • James Milner appears keen to get in on the act as he drives forward from midfield, and the crowd is in good voice now as they roar Man City on.

  • GOAL! Yaya Toure completes his hat-trick with a stunning goal to make it 3-0. A free-kick is taken short and Samir Nasri works it to Toure, who curls a sumptuous shot from at least 25 yards beyond the flailing dive of David Stockdale and into the top corner.

  • Young Patrick Roberts joins Steve Sidwell in the book after hauling down Aleksandar Kolarov.


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