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Sterling leads the way with first and last

8 Jan 2018
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Manchester City winger scores the earliest and latest goals of the PL campaign

With his latest goal against Watford having taken his tally for the season to 14 Premier League goals Raheem Sterling is enjoying a standout season with Manchester City.

The 23-year-old’s latest strike also earned him the unique honour of being the only player to have scored the earliest and latest goals in a top-flight season since 2006/07, when Opta started recording such data.

Sterling’s opener against the Hornets came with just 38 seconds on the clock, making it the third-fastest goal by a City player in the history of the competition.

It comes behind Jesus Navas, who struck after 13 seconds against Tottenham Hotspur in November 2013, and Geovanni (29 seconds), v Wigan Athletic in December 2007.

The winger’s effort marks a stark contrast to his usual tendency of scoring at the tail-end of matches.

Seven of Sterling’s PL goals this season (50%) have arrived in the 80th minute or later.

His winner against AFC Bournemouth on 26 August, in the fixture that started Man City’s record-breaking 18-match winning sequence, remains the latest to be scored this campaign, coming after 96 minutes and 35 seconds.

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