Manchester City claimed all three points as birthday boy Julián Álvarez scored twice in a comfortable 3-1 win over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium to stay within five points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Matheus Nunes made City’s opener, directing a pinpoint cross for Alvarez to head home from the edge of the six-yard box, before Kevin De Bruyne and Alvarez caught the visitors off-guard with a tactical free kick as the Argentine bagged his second of the night with a clinical finish past James Trafford.
Burnley also had their share of opportunities, as Lyle Foster finally gave the travelling fans something to cheer about minutes before the interval by cutting in from the left and curling an effort past the far post.
Just 27 seconds after the restart, Phil Foden rolled a tempting ball across the edge of the box for Rodri to slot home and seal the win for the Etihad Club. The Clarets then claimed a consolation around stoppage time to notch their first goal in nine games against the Sky Blues, with David Datro Fofana’s fine run and low cross turned in by Ameen Al-Dakhil.
Burnley are now five games without a win and seven points from safety, as Kompany gears up for a tough triple-header against Fulham, Liverpool and Arsenal.
City, meanwhile, will fancy their chances of keeping the pressure on their title rivals by banking maximum spoils from upcoming games against bottom-half duo Brentford and Everton.