Manchester City were punished for wasting good chances as a late equaliser denied them three points in a 1-1 draw away to Burnley.
The away side made a great start to the match, showing the same amount of dominance like in their previous game against West Brom.
The home side, to their credit, came back into the game and deserved a point towards the end the match.
City took the lead after 22 minutes when Bernardo Silva found Danilo on the edge of the box from a corner, which resulted in the Brazilian hitting an unstoppable shot past Nick Pope. The rest of the first half involved some terrible finishing from the Citizens, despite some great build-up play in between.
The second half saw much of the same for both sides, with Burnley struggling to get a foothold in the game. Ederson made a fantastic save from Aaron Lennon after the Englishman’s well-struck shot was tipped onto the post by the Brazilian.
Soon afterwards, Raheem Sterling missed an absolute sitter after being played in by a wonderful cross from Kyle Walker. This was the catalyst to which Burnley could capitalise and salvage a point. A cross from substitute Matthew Lowton found Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the box, who hit a powerful volley past Ederson to send Turf Moor into raptures.
This disappointing result only extends City’s lead at the top to 16 points before Manchester United’s game against Huddersfield Town at 3 pm.
Here are how the player’s faired from the game at Turf Moor:
What a player. The Brazilian has been arguably one of City’s best signings in recent years, with two more spectacular saves over the course of the game to consolidate the away side’s slender advantage.
Unfortunate to not save the equalising goal, but a stunning performance nonetheless.
Kyle Walker: 6
Offers so much going forward for City, but when it came to tracking back and marking the man, Walker was poor. Should have tracked Gudmundsson’s run for Burnley’s equaliser.
Vincent Kompany: 6
Started ahead of Laporte for this game, which was mainly down to Burnley’s aerial threat. Put in a decent showing, but nothing too spectacular.
Nicolas Otamendi: 7
Arguably City’s best performer at the back today, with another top class display. It was a shame to not see Laporte get a run out again, but Otamendi and Kompany both put in good performances to ensure that he wasn’t missed.
A fantastic strike for his goal, but defensively he was left exposed time and again by Burnley. Just wasn’t good enough when called upon to deal with the oncoming threat.
Kevin De Bruyne: 7
Not his best performance, but still a good one for the Belgian. Linked up well with Gundogan going forward and helped his side create some good opportunities, which on another day could have been converted.
Was effective when it came to dealing with lumped balls up the pitch by Burnley. Always aware of the threat around him and often appeared in the right place at the right time.
Ilkay Gündoğan: 7
Probably one of City’s best players, along with Ederson. Gave Burnley’s defence no rest as they struggled to deal with his direct runs and link-up play.
Bernardo Silva: 6
Carried on his run of games in the team with a decent performance, but should have provided more of an outlet to his team-mates when it mattered most.
Sergio Aguero: 5
Tough day at the office for Aguero. Had a number of chances to extend City’s slim lead, but just couldn’t convert them.
Raheem Sterling: 5
One of the worst misses of the season from Sterling was one of the big reasons as to why City threw away their lead. Just wasn’t his day, and he will be eager to make up for it against Leicester at the Etihad.
Brahim Diaz: 5
Showed an appetite to get forward and help his team out when needed. As he gets more game time, he is becoming a lot more effective. Promising signs!