A superb piece of midfield skill from Bernardo Silva played Sterling clean through on goal only for the England worldwide to strike the crossbar.
David Silva made it 2-0 when his powerful shot crashed in off the underside of the crossbar after midfielder Bernardo Silva saved the ball near the byline.
Silva remains a key player under Pep Guardiola but he has hinted that next season could be his last in a City shirt as he is keen to return to his roots in Gran Canaria.
A.J. Green's trio of touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals
I think our guys brought it to them tonight", said rookie safety Jessie Bates , per the team's official website. It's a great start, and they temporarily ended their recent skein in primetime games over the past few seasons.
Guardiola denied saying De Bruyne has a release clause but said the club would not sell him - even for a fee that eclipsed Neymar's world record £198m switch from Barcelona to Paris St Germain.
The 32-year-old has been an ever-present during Manchester City's rise in the Sheikh Mansour era having joined the club from Valencia in 2010.
David Silva reached a half-century of Premier League goals when he scored against Fulham - so look back at his best bits here.
City begin their Champions League campaign against Olympique Lyon at the Etihad on Wednesday.
After being asked whether he would extend his deal with City beyond 2020, Silva replied: 'For City, two more seasons - what's left on my contract.
English Premier League football club Manchester City on Thursday announced profit of £10.4 million (Dh49.98m) in its 2017-2018 Annual Report.
The German struck within two minutes of his first league start of the season as the Cottagers were outgunned at the Etihad Stadium.
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