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Sterling makes Premier League history with Bournemouth goal

20:12 GMT+3 01/12/2018
Raheem Sterling Manchester City 2018-19
The 23-year-old helped the Sky Blues on to a 3-1 win and wrote himself into the Premier League record books in the process

Raheem Sterling’s winner against Bournemouth for Manchester City saw the England man make history as he became the first player to score in his first six appearances against a single opponent in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old helped the Sky Blues on to a 3-1 win after Callum Wilson’s strike had cancelled out Bernardo Silva’s early effort in the first half, with Ilkay Gundogan adding a third late on to seal the deal.

Victory at the Etihad Stadium now means that City are five points clear, for the moment, of title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea, with Pep Guardiola’s side looking set to lead the charge into Christmas atop the table.

Sterling, whose contribution takes him to eight in the top flight this campaign, has been in sensational form for both club and country in recent months, playing a key role in helping England to a Nations League Final appearance last month.

But his latest goal against the Cherries also writes him into the record books, making it six consecutive encounters since his first game against Eddie Howe’s side where he has found the back of the net.

He has only scored more than once in a single match; his first in October 2015, when he netted a first-half hat-trick in a 5-1 win during his inaugural season with City.

A groin injury ruled him out of the reverse fixture later on in the 2015-16 campaign but subsequent meetings both at home and away at the Vitality Stadium however have seen him find the mark in every other game since.

In all such games, City have emerged victorious, having not lost to Bournemouth since the latter were promoted to the Premier League.

Sterling was required to rescue the Citizens on one occasion however in an eventful clash on the south coast in August last year that saw him snatch an injury-time winner in the 97th minute and be dismissed for a second yellow in the 99th.

City next play Watford on Tuesday evening before a crunch clash with title rivals Chelsea a week today on December 8.