Kevin De Bruyne scores a sublime goal with the outside of his foot as Manchester City hit Bournemouth and Bernardo Silva makes an appearance


Kevin De Bruyne put in a masterful performance as Manchester City gave Bournemouth a Premier League reality check by beating them 4-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

The champions have lacked comfortable winners against the newly promoted side, despite their impressive 2-0 opening weekend victory over Aston Villa.

De Bruyne’s goal was sublime
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Kevin De Bruyne scores a sublime goal with the outside of his foot as Manchester City hit Bournemouth and Bernardo Silva makes an appearance
But it was Gundogan who opened the scoring
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City got off to a frantic start as expected, forcing a corner in the first minute.

Inside the top ten, Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all came close, but no breakthrough was made.

It didn’t take too long though, as City took the lead 19 minutes behind.

Ilkay Gundogan pulled off a fine finish past Mark Travers after playing a neat brace with Erling Haaland.

Kevin De Bruyne scores a sublime goal with the outside of his foot as Manchester City hit Bournemouth and Bernardo Silva makes an appearance
De Bruyne once again showed his class
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Bournemouth mounted their first attack of the game in the 22nd minute with Ben Pearson seeing his shot comfortably saved by Ederson.

Just after half an hour, City doubled their lead thanks to a sublime moment from Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian cut from the right side and, as the defenders converged on the edge of the penalty area, curled a shot with the outside of his boot to find the far corner of Travers’s net.

At half-time it was 3-0 as a rare Bournemouth attack ended with Scott Parker’s side hit at the break.

Kevin De Bruyne scores a sublime goal with the outside of his foot as Manchester City hit Bournemouth and Bernardo Silva makes an appearance
Foden got on the scoresheet, then left at half-time
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Mahrez picked up a loose pass and played to De Bruyne, who waited for Foden’s run before passing the ball into the England midfield to apply the finish.

In the second half, the hosts continued their dominance.

It took time, but City’s fourth goal came in the 79th minute after fine play from Joao Cancelo to create space on the left of the penalty area.

His cross was aimed at substitute Bernardo Silva – who came on when he was currently linked with leaving the club – but caught Jefferson Lerma’s heel to deflect into the net.

There were no more goals and the match ended 4-0.

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