GALLERY: RIYAD FIRES CITY BACK ON TOP

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The best pictures from City's crucial Premier League trip to Bournemouth...


Manchester City moved back on top of the Premier League after a crucial 1-0 win away at Bournemouth.


Substitute Riyad Mahrez, who came on for the injured Kevin De Bruyne, was the Blues’ hero,


ending the Cherries’ dogged resistance early in the second half with a close range strike.


It proved a tough test for Pep Guardiola’s men with central defender John Stones also forced off early in the second half.


However, the vital victory means we move two points clear of Liverpool, who play tomorrow away at Merseyside rivals Everton.


View the best pictures from the game via our gallery below…



CENTRE OF ATTENTION: The boss poses for a picture with some happy young Bournemouth fans prior to kick-off

1. CENTRE OF ATTENTION:

The boss poses for a picture with some happy young Bournemouth fans prior to kick-off

ALL SMILES: A fit-again John Stones and Raheem Sterling step out for City's pre-match warm-up

2. ALL SMILES:

A fit-again John Stones and Raheem Sterling step out for City's pre-match warm-up

CENTURY MAN: Ilkay Gundogan in the thick of the action on his 100th appearance for the Blues 

3. CENTURY MAN:

Ilkay Gundogan in the thick of the action on his 100th appearance for the Blues

NO ENTRY: Nicolas Otamendi shuts the door on Bournemouth's Josh King

4. NO ENTRY:

Nicolas Otamendi shuts the door on Bournemouth's Josh King

ACTION STATIONS: Nathan Ake goes crashing as he fends off Sergio Aguero

5. ACTION STATIONS:

Nathan Ake goes crashing as he fends off Sergio Aguero

FALL GUY: Kyle Walker shows his strength to fend off Ryan Fraser who goes tumbling 

6. FALL GUY:

Kyle Walker shows his strength to fend off Ryan Fraser who goes tumbling

ACROBAT: Nico takes to the air to execute a superb overhead kick - but his effort flew just over the bar

7. ACROBAT:

Nico takes to the air to execute a superb overhead kick - but his effort flew just over the bar

SOLID AS A ROCK: John Stones brushes off Josh King

8. SOLID AS A ROCK:

John Stones brushes off Josh King

WORRY: There was a blow for City when Kevin De Bruyne was forced off with what looked like a hamstring problem on the stroke of half-time.

9. WORRY:

There was a blow for City when Kevin De Bruyne was forced off with what looked like a hamstring problem on the stroke of half-time.

BLOW: The boss consoles Kevin De Bruyne after he was forced off

10. BLOW:

The boss consoles Kevin De Bruyne after he was forced off

CLOSE CALL: Cherries keeper Artur Boric dives to snuff out a Blues attack

11. CLOSE CALL:

Cherries keeper Artur Boric dives to snuff out a Blues attack

SUPER SUB: Riyad Mahrez breaks the deadlock with a close-range shot early in the second half 

12. SUPER SUB:

Riyad Mahrez breaks the deadlock with a close-range shot early in the second half

SMILES BETTER: Pep Guardiola celebrates our opener with Mikel Arteta

13. SMILES BETTER:

Pep Guardiola celebrates our opener with Mikel Arteta

BLUE HEAVEN: Riyad Mahrez celebrates with his City team-mates after his crucial goal

14. BLUE HEAVEN:

Riyad Mahrez celebrates with his City team-mates after his crucial goal

STER CRAZY: Raheem almost doubles our lead with a rasping shot

15. STER CRAZY:

Raheem almost doubles our lead with a rasping shot

ALMOST... Bournemouth keeper Boruc just beats Raheem to the ball as City sweep forward in search of a second 

 16. ALMOST...

Bournemouth keeper Boruc just beats Raheem to the ball as City sweep forward in search of a second



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