Erling Haaland made his first appearance in almost two months following a foot injury as Manchester City beat Burnley 3-1 to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Haaland appeared as a second-half substitute, replacing Kevin De Bruyne, who impressed on his first start since August, but it was Julian Alvarez who set City on their way to a fourth consecutive Premier League win with two goals in six first-half minutes.
The Argentine’s second, following a close-range header for his first, came from a clever De Bruyne free-kick which outfoxed the Burnley defence. City then put the result beyond any doubt when Rodri swept home Phil Foden’s cut-back 24 seconds after the interval.
Haaland was unable to get in on the act, even displaying a hint of rustiness when he uncharacteristically spurned a couple of late chances, but his return, coupled with the reintroduction of De Bruyne, completed a satisfying evening, despite a late Burnley consolation goal by Ameen Al-Dakhil.
The result sees Pep Guardiola’s side jump back above Arsenal into second place, with a game in hand on leaders Liverpool. Burnley, meanwhile, remain 19th, seven points from safety.
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Manchester City are back in action on Monday Night Football when they travel to Brentford, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 8pm.
Meanwhile, Burnley‘s next match is on Saturday when they host Fulham; kick-off 3pm.