Sterling had already missed one gilt-edged chance before he coolly finished a De Bruyne pass after five minutes, and the England forward was then felled for a penalty which De Bruyne converted 21 minutes later.
But to Fulham’s credit, that was it for City as they squandered a hatful of chances before and after the break - while goalkeeper Alphonse Areola made a string of saves to keep the scoreline respectable.
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