Man City fans aged 102 and 97 to be mascots against Fulham

Manchester City

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The hosts got number three two minutes into the second half.

Pep Guardiola's swashbuckling side hit the ground running after the worldwide break, with Leroy Sane marking his first Premier League start of the season with a goal within two minutes.

David Silva scored his 50th EPL goal to put City in control at halftime, before Raheem Sterling sealed a comfortable victory after the break.

Sane, 23, left the Germany camp for the birth of his daughter, Rio Stella, last week and on Saturday made his first Premier League start of the season, taking just 97 seconds to open the scoring.

Fulham had arrived with a clear intention to take the game to City, but after that early setback, the task was beyond them.

While City won the Premier League at a canter last season, things didn't go quite so well for Silva's boyhood club Las Palmas as they suffered relegation from La Liga.

Manchester City may have struck three past Fulham, but Fabian Delph insists the champions need to be even more ruthless.

Granit Xhaka got them up and running before Mesut Ozil joined in on the act, despite the last-gasp effort from Ciaran Clark at the other end proving to be of no barrier.

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Ederson beat away a couple of Andre Schurrle strikes as Fulham retained their attacking intent, but the visitors were indebted to stunning Bettinelli stops from Sterling and Sane before half-time.

And it's fair to say that the result is emphatic in favour of the great Barcelona side of 2011.

Manchester City has now become the 2nd richest club in terms of revenue in The Premier League.

Sergio Aguero crossed as Sterling crowned a lightning break 98 seconds into the second half and the Argentina striker soon made way for Gabriel Jesus, who nearly scored with his first touch.

"For City, two more seasons - what's left on my contract".

There was a blow for City when Aguero limped off ahead of the beginning of their Champions League campaign, but his replacement Gabriel Jesus nearly made an immediate impact, firing off target with his first touch after being found by Silva.

'It's nice to get going again after the World Cup - we only got 12 days off, ' the England global said.

City begin their Champions League campaign against Olympique Lyon at the Etihad on Wednesday.

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