Manchester City's Wilfried Bony, right, scores his team's fifth goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against AFC Bournemouth at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 (Photo: AP)
Raheem Sterling scored a first-half hat trick and Wilfried Bony netted twice as Manchester City beat Bournemouth 5-1 Saturday to maintain its grip on first place in the Premier League.
With striker Sergio Aguero injured, Sterling picked up the scoring duties by putting City ahead with a tap-in in the seventh minute and Bony added the second four minutes later.
While Glenn Murray pulled one back for Bournemouth in the 22nd, Sterling restored the two-goal lead with a superb solo effort in the 29th, dribbling past two defenders in the area before slotting a low shot into the net. He completed his hat trick on the stroke of halftime and Bony netted his second in the 89th as City maintained its two-point lead of crosstown rival Manchester United.
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