Sergio Aguero scored twice as reigning champions moved up to second in the with a convincing victory at Bournemouth.

Despite the odd defensive lapse, it was a largely comfortable afternoon for ’s side, who are now just two points behind leaders .

His City team quickly established control, with Argentina forward Aguero turning Kevin De Bruyne’s cross into the bottom left corner from eight yards.

And doubled their advantage with his fifth goal in as many matches, flicking a shot beyond Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale after a fine David Silva pass.

While Bournemouth substitute Harry Wilson’s superb 25-yard free-kick briefly raised hopes of a fight-back, Aguero pounced for City’s third after more good work from Silva.

The 31-year-old emphatically finished from 10 yards to record his 400th career goal.

It ensured Bournemouth, who drop to 10th place, continued a miserable run against City that has seen them concede 28 times in their last nine league meetings.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 12Ramsdale
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forIbeat 68′minutes
  • 33Mepham
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forWilsonat 37′minutes
  • 7King
  • 8LermaBooked at 56mins
  • 29Billing
  • 24Fraser
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forSolankeat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 9Solanke
  • 10Ibe
  • 21Rico
  • 22Wilson
  • 25Simpson

Man City

  • 31EdersonBooked at 13mins
  • 2WalkerBooked at 10minsSubstituted forCavaco Canceloat 90′minutes
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 90mins
  • 14Laporte
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forRodriat 58′minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forMahrezat 79′minutes
  • 10Agüero
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 12Angelino
  • 16Rodri
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 27Cavaco Cancelo
  • 47Foden
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
10,486

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home10
Away19
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, 3.

Attempt saved. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Wilson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, . João Cancelo replaces Kyle Walker.

Booking

Nicolás Otamendi () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joshua King (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joshua King.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Rodrigo () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Philip Billing (Bournemouth).

Aymeric Laporte () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Philip Billing (Bournemouth).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Philip Billing (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dominic Solanke replaces Callum Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jordon Ibe replaces Adam Smith.

Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Rodrigo () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aymeric Laporte.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, 3. Sergio Agüero () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva () left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

goal

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