David Silva netted a brace to inspire Premier League leaders Manchester City to a 2-0 win over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Monday night.
It took the visitors nine minutes to break Stoke’s resistance as a good passing move ended up with Raheem Sterling picking out David Silva, who side-footed the ball into the far corner, 0-1.
Stoke eventually got out of their own half, and they nearly restored parity in the 21st minute when Badou N’Diaye’s low strike deflected inches wide of the upright.
Ederson came to the visitors’ rescue on 36 minutes when Kyle Walker’s attempted look destined for the back of the net, only for the City goalkeeper to tip the effort of the crossbar.
Four minutes later, Jack Butland was called into action at the other with a fine low save to deny Kevin de Bruyne, which proved to be the final attempt of the half.
City doubled their lead five minutes into the second as Silva combined with Gabriel Jesus before lobbing the on-rushing Butland.
In the 63rd minute, Stoke could have reduced the deficit through Bruno Martins-Indi, who volleyed over the crossbar from six-yards out
With City comfortably leading, Pep Guardiola introduced Bernardo Silva for Sterling for the final 10 minutes.
The Citizens managed to see out the closing stages with relative ease they edge closer to clinching the league title.