Published:  12:28 AM, 14 March 2018

Silva earns victory for Man City

Silva earns victory for Man City Manchester City's David Silva celebrates scoring their second goal during the football match against Stoke City in Britain on March 12. -Collected

For Manchester City, a record-setting season in the English Premier League could yet have the perfect ending.Beating Stoke 2-0 on Monday restored City's 16-point lead and increased the possibility that Pep Guardiola's side could clinch the title by beating fierce rival Manchester United at home in the derby on April 7.

"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," City captain Vincent Kompany said, with a smile. David Silva inspired the latest win for the runaway leaders, scoring in each half by finishing off sumptuous team moves that have been the hallmark of City's season.

Silva side-footed home a cross from fit-again winger Raheem Sterling to give City a 10th-minute lead against a Stoke team that is next to last in the standings.

City dominated thereafter and Sterling won back possession on halfway to start the move that led to the second goal, a hooked finish by Silva following a pass across the box from Gabriel Jesus. Silva took his tally of league goals to eight in a season that has been disrupted for the playmaker while he makes regular trips back to his native Spain because his prematurely born son is receiving medical attention.

He was there for much of last week, with Guardiola allowing Silva to miss the second leg of its Champions League last-16 matchup against Basel. "When I play football, I forget. I forget everything. So it's good for me to play," Silva said.

-AP, Stoke

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