LONDON: Sergio Aguero scored his first Premier League goal for 14 months as Manchester City cruised to a 3-0 victory at Fulham on Saturday to continue their countdown to the title.
The Argentine, who had made only 14 appearances in the last 12 months before getting the nod at Craven Cottage, tucked in penalty to complete a straightforward win that left leaders City 17 points clear of their nearest challengers.
Fulham, who had the incentive of knowing a win or a draw could lift them out of the bottom three, kept City firmly in check in the first half but crumbled after the break to concede three times in the space of 14 minutes.
City defender John Stones was left unmarked to score from close range in the 47th minute and Gabriel Jesus then capitalised on some comical defending to make it 2-0.
Aguero then converted his penalty to make the points safe and from then on it was damage limitation for Fulham.
City, who made seven changes to their side with one eye on next week's Champions League last-16 second leg tie against Borussia Moenchengladbach, move to 71 points from 30 games, 17 ahead of Manchester United who have two games in hand.
Fulham have 26 points from 29 games, behind Brighton & Hove Albion on goal difference.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge)