Sterling double helps Man City to quarter-finals


Manchester City score against Burnley in the Carabao Cup
Manchester City are unbeaten in the competition since October 2016

Raheem Sterling’s first two Manchester City goals of the season – and Ferran Torres’ first for the club – ensured the holders reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at Burnley’s expense.

City dominated the game and Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell had to twice smartly deny Sterling before the England forward got the breakthrough after Benjamin Mendy’s cross.

His second was a close-range finish from Torres’ cross before the Spain winger, whojoined from Valenciafor £20.78m in August, put the tie beyond Burnley’s reach with an instinctive finish to cap a fine individual display.

Burnley struggled to create chances and it required a fine block by Peacock-Farrell to deny Sterling, who has scored 33 goals for City since the start of last season, his hat-trick.

It was the perfect response by Pep Guardiola’s side after their 5-2 homedrubbing by Leicester Citylast Sunday.

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place after Liverpool’s tie against Arsenal (19:45 BST) on Thursday.

Night of positives for City

After last weekend’s nightmare, this was much more positive for City as 18-year-old Cole Palmer offered a glimpse into the future while key centre-back Aymeric Laporte proved a calming influence on his return.

Born in Wythenshawe, boyhood City fan Palmer showed flashes of promise on his senior debut.

The teenager had one attempt that went over the bar and then tried to pick out Sterling to complete his hat-trick, with Burnley scrambling it clear.

Laporte, whotested positive for coronavirusearlier this month, was making his first appearance of the season.

Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling celebrate a Manchester City goal against Burnley in the Carabao Cup
Cole Palmer celebrates with Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup

Against a Burnley side that lacked cutting edge, the Frenchman helped City to a first clean sheet since 26 July.

The Clarets had two shouts for a penalty, the first when Charlie Taylor went down inside the penalty area and the second after Kyle Walker’s challenge on winger Dwight McNeil.

Referee Andrew Madley waved both appeals away and, with no video assistant referee in operation to review it and give the Clarets a glimmer of hope, Burnley’s run in the competition ended.

‘Far away from our best’ – what they said

Burnley boss Sean Dyche:“We thought we would have to put a strong side out, we’re stretched and we’re trying to rest people but we can’t really because we’ve got to keep going.

“I know Manchester City have got a few injuries themselves but they still put some very good players out there and they delivered a performance to win the game.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola:“It was important we didn’t concede and the team was good in general. We are still far away from our best because we’re not training much. We have a lot of players out, six because of Covid and four injuries.

“But step by step, when we have all the squad, we will get better

“Ferran Torres needs to improve some things, because we haven’t trained much or spoke much. He has the skills, he’s young, he’s aggressive and he can play on both sides.”

What’s next?

While Burnley are at Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday (20:00 BST), Manchester City are away at Leeds (17:30) earlier on the same day.



  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 2LowtonSubstituted forBardsleyat79′minutes
  • 28Long
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 3Taylor
  • 11McNeil
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 23Pieters
  • 27VydraSubstituted forWoodat45′minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forBensonat69′minutes


  • 9Wood
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson
  • 44Goodridge
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon

Man City

  • 13Steffen
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forHarwood-Bellisat66′minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 14Laporte
  • 22Mendy
  • 16RodriSubstituted forAkéat74′minutes
  • 21Torres
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat64′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 80Palmer
  • 26Mahrez
  • 7SterlingBooked at 76mins


  • 6Aké
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 31Ederson
  • 47Foden
  • 48Delap
  • 69Doyle
  • 78Harwood-Bellis

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Burnley 0, Manchester City 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Manchester City 3.

  3. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Ashley Westwood (Burnley).

  6. Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dwight McNeil.

  7. Offside, Manchester City. Zack Steffen tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

  8. Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

  9. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

  10. Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Wood following a set piece situation.

  11. Substitution, Burnley. Phil Bardsley replaces Matthew Lowton because of an injury.

  12. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

  14. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

  16. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

  17. Substitution, Manchester City. Nathan Aké replaces Rodrigo.

  18. Foul by Cole Palmer (Manchester City).

  19. Josh Brownhill (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a through ball.


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