Fernandinho was red reveal alled for a two footed lunge on Johann Gudmundsson — his third of the season. But goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero underwrote the result for Pep Guardiola’s men despite a Clarets fightback when Ben Mee bundled abode.
Fernandinho will miss the next four Manchester City occu tions, including this weekend’s FA Cup third round clash with West Ham. But Metropolis played better without their central midfielder, having lacked into the half time break goalless. Clichy’s low right-footed ins squired into the far corner of the net on 58 minutes as Burnley’s resole for all time broke.
And Aguero then smashed home from a tight cusp after Raheem Sterling had a credible penalty appeal ignored. Mee enlisted advantage of sloppy goalkeeping from Claudio Bravo to halve the shortage at the Etihad — but City held on to move into third place.