Erling Haaland nets a hattrick as City thump Wolves to keep tabs with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table
|Erling Haaland converts from the spot to score his second of his hattrick against Wolves on Sunday. City won 3-0. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Erling Haaland scores three goals to inspire Manchester City rolled to an emphatic 3-0 win over Wolves on Sunday and momentarily heaped pressure on league leaders Arsenal by closing the gap at the top to just two points.
Erling Haaland completed his hattrick before the hour mark to take his season tally to 31 goals, the fastest player ever to four hattricks in the league.
We are just halfway gone in the league, and the big Norwegian has surpassed the golden boot tally for last season already.
Wolves held their own for almost the entirety of the first half; referee David Coote had a difficult game by all standards, and Wolves didn’t have a single touch in the City penalty area throughout the first half.
It took a routine Kevin De Bruyne cross to settle the first-half affair.
Riyad Mahrez rolled the ball to De Bruyne, and the Belgian wizard sent a first-time cross for Haaland to head home.
Grealish had a fierce effort cleared off the line not long afterwards, but he’d argue he should have had a penalty a moment earlier.
Rico Lewis was removed at halftime, the young lad struggled in the first half and was saved by the referee on one occasion.
Wolves made a triple substitution at the start of the second half, with new signing Pablo Sarabia coming on to make his debut alongside Mattheus Cunha and Joao Moutinho.
The second half was quite straightforward for City
Grealish was denied a stone wall penalty in the first half, but Ilkay Gundogan wasn’t at the start of the second half.
Haaland sent Jose Sa the wrong way for his 24th league goal of the season.
Jose Sa fumbled an attempt to play out from the back not long after.
Mahrez intercepted and fed the super striker upfront, Haaland slapped it home from close range, and his day was done.
Pep Guardiola removed him, and the rest of the game became a formality.
The win took City just two points off Arsenal, who would host Manchester United shortly after the City game.