De Bruyne scores brace as Man City thrash Norwich 5-0

Manchester City legend David Silva made his final Premier League appearance but Kevin de Bruyne stole the show as his side brushed aside already-relegated Norwich.

Silva, who has won four league titles during a glittering 10-year spell at City, was desperate to mark the occasion with a goal, but his best effort was kept out by Tim Krul’s flying save.

City still ended up comfortable winners, thanks to Gabriel Jesus’s close-range finish from a deflected Raheem Sterling cross and a superb curling strike from De Bruyne, who as usual took centre stage.

De Bruyne slipped Sterling clear to add a third, meaning the Belgian equalled Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single Premier League season.

After Riyad Mahrez blasted home a fourth, Silva was applauded off, although an empty Etihad Stadium was not the send-off he deserved.

De Bruyne was not done yet, brilliantly bending home his side’s fifth goal off the inside of the post before the end.

Norwich had their moments too as they bid farewell to the top flight, with Ederson denying Teemu Pukki and Onel Hernandez in one-on-one situations.

Hernandez thought he had put the Canaries ahead with the score at 0-0 but his low long-range effort was disallowed after he was ruled offside by the video assistant referee.

It meant Ederson kept his 16th clean sheet of the season, enough to give him the Premier League’s golden glove award outright after Burnley’s Nick Pope conceded against Brighton.

City finished runners-up, 18 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool – keeping the record they set for the biggest winning margin, 19 points in 2017-18.

Manager Pep Guardiola will now turn his attention to the Champions League – they host Real Madrid in Manchester in the second leg of their last-16 tie on 7 August.

Source BBC
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