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Riyad Mahrez: The first of many to come

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Riyad Mahrez opened his Manchester City account with a brace as the Blues defeated Cardiff to secure 16 points from a possible 18.

The midweek disappointment against Lyon was put to bed as they took the Welsh side to the cleaners in a breathtaking manner.

First-half goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, and Ilkay Gundogan left the home side reeling, and a brace from Mahrez after the break completed the 5-0 win.

Mahrez who is the club’s record signing was buzzing after the game following his brace against the Bluebirds.

He said: “I’m really happy to have scored my first goals and to have helped the team – I hope this is just the beginning. I feel better now, and I think you can see that on the pitch.

“I have to work hard and keep going. As a team, we responded well to our midweek defeat against Lyon.”

The Algerian winger would hope to continue his scoring form when they confront Brighton at the Etihad next week.