Manchester City romp towards retaining their title with an immense performance at Molineux against Wolves. Kevin De Bruyne scored four of their five goals in a simply unstoppable performance, and they limited Wolves to just one early goal and a smattering of chances. Sterling added a late fifth, but this game belonged to De Bruyne, who again showed his value to a City side closing in on the Premier League trophy.
WOLVES (3-4-2-1): Jose Sa; Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Leander Dendoncker; Jonny, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Rayan Ait Nouri; Chiquinho, Pedro Neto; Raul Jimenez.
WOLVES SUBSTITUTES: John Ruddy, Ki-Jana Hoever, Marcal, Francisco Trincao, Yerson Mosquera, Fabio Silva, Tote Gomes, Hwang Hee-Chan, Luke Cundle.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Phil Foden.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Zack Steffen, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Cole Palmer, Romeo Lavia.
De Bruyne wins possession high up the field and flicks it up to Silva. He responds by playing in De Bruyne, who slots the ball beyond Sa and into the bottom corner!! 1-0 inside seven minutes.
The hosts hit back!!! After City squander a good attack chance, Wolves flood forward on the counter as Jimenez powers through a yawning gap in the midfield. He plays in Neto, who waits for support, and he gets it from Dendoncker, who slams the ball home from the edge of the box!!! 1-1, and what a game this is shaping up to be!
City leads again!!! Zinchenko’s inside pass finds De Bruyne on the run, and he plays in Sterling. Sa comes for the ball and beats him to it, but it falls for De Bruyne, who strokes it past Sa into an empty net!!! 2-1 to City, and this game is not letting up!
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! De Bruyne races across the field from the right and smashes a low shot into the bottom corner, beating Wolves’ defence and goalkeeper almost single-handedly to make it 3-1!!!! No stopping him, and seemingly no stopping City as their talisman records a 24-minute hat-trick!!!
It’s four!!!! City attack at breakneck speed again as De Bruyne plays in Foden. He squares for Sterling, but it’s slightly behind him, and De Bruyne arrives to slot it into the bottom corner for his fourth goal!!! Four for De Bruyne and four for City, who lead 4-1 at Molineux!
The city has five!!!! The flood forward again as Cancelo finds Grealish. On a continuing run, he receives it back and crosses. A deflection takes the ball into the path of Sterling, who taps it into an empty net. A five-star performance from City, who now leads 5-1.