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Burnley 1-1 Manchester City Burnley soaked up City pressure and hit the league leaders with a late sucker punch to earn an ultimately deserved draw.

Raheem Sterling has scored 19 goals in all competitions but somehow sidefooted wide from Kyle Walker's low cross when City led 1-0

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola refused to blame Raheem Sterling for his side's failure to beat Burnley after the England forward missed a glorious late chance to secure victory.

With City 1-0 up and less than 20 minutes away from their 23rd league win of the season, Sterling somehow failed to find the target from six yards after meeting Kyle Walker's cross at the far post.

That buoyed the home crowd, as did Sterling's substitution soon afterwards, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson levelled for Burnley with eight minutes remaining.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt Sterling's miss "changed the feeling" of the game though: "The stadium erupted and everyone was with us. That started to grow."

But Guardiola insisted he did not take off Sterling because he had failed to score, and did not feel it was a decisive moment in the game.

"That is football," Guardiola said. "Today Raheem missed one chance - it can happen.

"It was not the first time that someone had missed a chance and it was not just Raheem, it happened a lot in this game.

"When we arrived for the last action for a pass, a one-against-one or to dribble against the central defender and shoot, we were not able to do that.

"I am delighted with the way we played but you have to score goals and we were not able to do that, which is why we dropped two points."

City had taken the lead through Danilo's long-range strike, after Bernardo Silva teed the Brazilian up following a short corner, but failed to turn their dominance into further goals.

Burnley had already seen Ben Mee and Aaron Lennon denied by Ederson when Gudmundsson struck.

He ran into the box to meet Matthew Lowton's cross with a powerful half-volley that City's Brazilian goalkeeper got a hand to, but could not keep out.

It meant City failed to win in the league for only the fourth time this season, allowing nearest rivals Manchester United to cut their lead to 13 points with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

Burnley have now gone nine league games without a win, but the manner of their comeback to hold the runaway leaders will give boss Sean Dyche something to smile about after a disappointing start to 2018.



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City were chasing their 23rd win in 26 league games this season, and also trying to become only the third team in the Premier League era (after Manchester United in 2000 and Chelsea in 2006) to hold an 18-point lead at the top of the table.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger complained this week that competition in the Premier League is being destroyed by City's financial power but the memo has obviously not reached Dyche.

His Burnley side rode their luck at times, notably with Sterling's terrible miss, but were a threat throughout and got their reward at the end of the game.

Guardiola had picked only six out of the seven permitted substitutes, because of a shortage of fit players and a reluctance to call upon his reserves, who played on Friday night.

But their failure to see out this victory was down to their sheer wastefulness, not any shortage of resources in their squad.

And while Sterling had complained before the game that City were being "butchered" by bad tackles, the Clarets' wholehearted approach never got near to anything remotely resembling dangerous play.

The only challenge that might have irked Guardiola was a scything first-half tackle by Kevin Long on Ilkay Gundogan that earned the Burnley defender a booking.

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