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R. Sterling
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K. De Bruyne
Goal
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K. De Bruyne
R. Sterling
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K. De Bruyne
Goal
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L. Dendoncker
Pedro Neto
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That victory was massive, both in terms of margin and significance. City move three points clear of Liverpool, with both sides having two games to play, and heave added four goals to their already healthy goal difference of +72, seven clear of Liverpool's +65. It'll take a minor miracle for Wolves to play European football, but City's march towards the title looks to be on the home straight.
De Bruyne scored with all four of his shots on target, and also struck the post. He also recorded two key passes, with Sterling making three, as well as a goal and an assist to cap off a brilliant all-round performance from Manchester City, led from the front by their brilliant Belgian.
City romp towards retaining their title with an immense performance at Molineux. 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.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: WOLVES 1-5 MANCHESTER CITY.
90' + 2' WIDE!!! De Bruyne passes across-field to Grealish, who dribbles into the area and tees up Mahrez. Cancelo arrives late and shoots instead, lashing his effort into the side netting!
90' + 1' We're into three minutes of added time to close out this game.
90' WIDE!!! Wolves come forward and Neves does well to play in Hwang. He smashes a shot from a tight angle, flashing it across the face of goal and wide for a goal kick!
89' OFF THE UPRIGHT!!! Wolves try to play their way out of trouble but City pressure forces a wayward pass. De Bruyne latches onto it, and curls one to the far post, but it strikes the upright to deny the Belgian a record-equalling fifth goal!
87' WIDE!!! De Bruyne's pass forward puts Sterling through on goal, but his side-footed effort rolls around the outside of the far post!!! The offside flag's up anyway, but that was a chance for a second goal in as many minutes for Sterling!
L. Cundle
João Moutinho
85' Moutinho will come off for Wolves, and Luke Cundle enters the fray in midfield.
R. Sterling
Goal
84' GOOOAAALLL!!! City have five!!!! They 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-start performance from City, who now lead 5-1.
83' Hwang chases a loose ball but loses the race to Ake, and goes down holding his calf.
J. Grealish
P. Foden
81' Foden's been unlucky not to have a goal or assist in this game, and he comes off now for Jack Grealish.
80' Cancelo picks off Ait Nouri's clearance and surges into the box, but his floated cross to the back post is plucked out of the air by Sa.
K. De Bruyne
Yellow Card
78' De Bruyne drags down Ait Nouri as he races past him, and the City midfielder picks up a needless yellow card.
R. Mahrez
Fernandinho
77' Fernandinho comes off for City to be replaced by Riyad Mahrez, and we'll likely see the leaders shift Rodri to centre-back.
76' CHANCE!! One-touch football from the gods sees City play Foden through down the left. He floats the ball to the far post, but Sterling mistimes his effort and misses before colliding with the post!
74' City are in cruise control at the moment. Wolves have had their spells, but City, and De Bruyne in particular, are so threatening when on the ball in Wolves' half. Dangerous, to a man.
Trincão
Pedro Neto
72' Neto also comes off as Wolves re-jig their front-line with the introduction of Francisco Trincao.
Hwang Hee-Chan
R. Jiménez
72' Jimenez comes off for Wolves in their first change, and Hwang Hee-Chan will replace him.
70' OVER!!! Jimenez drives forward, beating Rodri and Fernandinho on the way. Cancelo gets to the ball, but Jimenez picks it up again and curls a beautiful effort towards the top corner, which Ederson has to tip over the bar!
68' SAVED!!! Ederson races out of his box to clear a long ball ahead of Jimenez, and then saves from Dendoncker's low effort when Wolves come straight back at City down the left!
67' OFF THE POST!!! De Bruyne effortlessly glides through the Wolves midfield before putting Foden through one-on-one, but his near-post effort strikes the upright and Sterling can't latch onto the rebounding ball!
65' Chiquinho skilfully steps inside Zinchenko and looks to shoot, but scuffs his effort horribly and it rolls onto Ake's foot, who clears.
63' City break and Foden dribbles into the area. Boly is ball-watching as he flashes the ball across the face of goal, and Sterling can't quite get to the ball to tap it into an empty net!
62' Another Wolves penalty shout goes awry as Neto streaks away from Fernandinho. The City captain brings him down in the box, but the referee judges that he got the ball and calls play on!
N. Aké
Aymeric Laporte
61' Laporte hasn't been able to shake that injury, and on comes Nathan Ake for him.
K. De Bruyne
Goal
60' GOOOAAALLLL!!! 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!
58' De Bruyne chests down an inside pass and flicks it over the Wolves defence, but pressure from Coady forces him off the ball and Sa smothers it.
57' WHAT A SAVE!!!! Wolves' corner is headed on at the back post, and Coady's close-range volley forces a fantastic reflex save from Ederson! Coady was offside so a goal wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a stop that was!
56' Jimenez latches onto a long ball and takes on Laporte. He looks to cross, but the City centre-back sticks out a leg to send it behind for a Wolves corner.
54' Chqiuinho evades Zinchenko and races beyond the City left-back, but is dragged down by the Ukrainian who is lucky to avoid a booking.
53' Laporte is okay to carry on and does so, giving the entire City contingent inside this stadium a huge sigh of relief.
52' Laporte trudges off the field gingerly, but isn't being substituted yet, as City's only natural centre-back attempts to pass this fitness test.
50' Wolves come forward through Chiquinho down the right, but a collision between Jimenez and Laporte results in the City defender staying down. Wolves look to cross but City repel the attack, and platy is stopped for Laporte to receive treatment.
48' BALL IN THE NET!!! Sterling is put through on goal by Cancelo, evading Coady and slotting it into the bottom corner!!! He's flagged offside though, and it's a pretty clear one, meaning City will not have a fourth, yet!
46' Wolves resume proceedings, and the second half kicks off!
The teams head out for the second half, and can Manchester City add to their lead in the next 45 minutes!
De Bruyne's three goals have proved the difference so far, but he's been immense all over the pitch too, making 29 passes in Wolves' half and winning a free-kick. He'll have more to offer in the second half too, in a performance that looks to be heading for the annuls of Premier League history.
The first half comes to an end, with City leading courtesy of a 24-minute hat-trick for De Bruyne! He's been simply unplayable so far, and City are firmly in control of this one, despite Wolves equalising and having chances themselves. As it stands, they're three points ahead in the title race - and De Bruyne's three goals could prove vital to how this season ends.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: WOLVES 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY.
45' + 1' After Sterling goes down meekly in the Wolves box, the hosts counter at speed through Neto. He crosses early for Jimenez, but a Fernandinho challenge sends the ball out for a corner!
45' + 1' We're into two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
45' WIDE!!! Fernandinho wins the ball and his pass forward is deflected into Silva's pass, he tees up De Bruyne, who fires a few yards wide with his left foot!
43' Chiquinho has assisted three goals in just 69 minutes of Premier League football, all as a substitute. He is only the second player in Premier League history to assist three goals before ever starting a match, but has impressed on his first start so far.
41' Chiquinho picks Zinchenko's pocket and takes on Laporte down the right. He crosses for Jimenez, but a slight knick off Laporte's toe takes it into Ederson's gloves.
39' OVER!!! Sterling tees up Cancelo to run down the byline, but with Foden in space inside the six-yard box, Cancelo elects to shoot and blasts his effort over the bar!
38' Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games while scoring at least three goals each time. Only once have had they had a longer such run, doing so in six consecutive matches between October and November 2011.
36' After Laporte dispossesses Moutinho inside the City box, City break and Foden beats Jonny down the left. He looks to find Sterling, but Wolves' defence crowd him out and the England man loses the ball.
34' Shouts for a penalty as Wolves break at speed. Chiquinho gets around Zinchenko and goes down under his challenge, but the referee gives the corner despite the protests of the crowd!
32' De Bruyne goes down after colliding with Neves, but recovers to play in Sterling. His pass is a fraction too hard though, and Wolves clean up possession.
30' A loose ball falls to Neto who shoots on the turn from the edge of the area, but Fernandinho is in the way to block it for City.
29' Chiquinho cuts inside but is barrelled over by De Bruyne, and the hat-trick scorer is penalised in his first error of the game!
27' OVER!!! Moutinho slips in midfield and the ball falls to Rodri, who fires it over the bar from the edge of the box!
26' City's one-touch play is too hot for Wolves to handle at the moment as Silva frees up Zinchenko, but his ball into the penalty box is cleared by Chiquinho.
R. Sterling
Assist
24' Sterling gets the assist, and his movement freed up space for De Bruyne to scythe through midfield. The Manchester City machine is purring nicely, and it's key cog - as De Bruyne has been for so long - is in overdrive at the moment!
K. De Bruyne
Goal
24' GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!! 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!!!
22' Cancelo is in space and tries a floated pass into the area, but Sa races out to catch it before Foden can.
21' Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 16 away Premier League games – their longest ever away unbeaten league run in their history, with their 4-0 win at Leeds taking them one ahead of the 15-game run under Joe Royle between December 1998 and September 1999.
19' Zinchenko gets into space down the left and looks to find Foden with a square ball into the box, but Boly flies in to clear the pass before he can connect.
18' After losing both league games against Wolves in 2019-20, Man City have won each of their last three against them. They last won four in a row against Wolves between April 1980 and December 1981.
K. De Bruyne
Goal
16' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! City lead 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 at all!
14' City look to play forward down the wings, but Gundogan's pass to Silva sees the Portuguese caught offside.
13' Although Wolves have only recovered four points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, those four points have all come from being two goals down in matches, winning 3-2 against Aston Villa in October and drawing 2-2 with Chelsea last time out. They were only one goal behind just moments ago, but they're not now!
Pedro Neto
Assist
11' Jimenez did a lot of the work in sparking that Wolves attack, but once he picked out Neto, he showed great composure to perfectly time the ball to Dendoncker, and the 'defender' did the rest to level the scores!
L. Dendoncker
Goal
11' GOOOAAAALLLLL!!! 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!
10' City work the ball well as Sterling cuts across the field. From the left, he picks out Silva, who smashes a shot across goal on a tight angle, and the ball goes behind.
8' Jimenez knocks a ball over the top for Chiquinho to run onto, and he burns past Laporte on his way into the box. The City defender slides in wildly, but times it perfectly and gets all of the ball, sending it behind for a corner!
Bernardo Silva
Assist
7' The pass from Silva was perfectly weighted, but the ball from De Bruyne to him was just as good. The Belgian ran on to be in the right place at the right time, and City lead already.
K. De Bruyne
Goal
7' GOOOAAALLLL!!!! City take an early lead!!! 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, and it's advantage Manchester City!
5' Cancelo takes on Ait Nouri but is forced wide, putting in a cross that goes straight into the side netting of Sa's goal.
4' In 2022, Wolves have alternated between a win and a defeat in all eight of their home Premier League matches – they lost 3-0 at Molineux last time out against Brighton.
2' De Bruyne creates space down the byline and whips a ball in for Foden, but he can't get to it in time and it fizzes wide! He had a tap in there!
1' Silva kicks off for City, and we are underway here!
The teams head out onto the pitch, and we're nearly ready for kick-off at Molineux!
With Ruben Dias injured in City’s 5-0 demolition of Newcastle last time out, captain Fernandinho slots in at centre-back. Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus are also withdrawn, with Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden coming into the attack.
Missing their head coach Bruno Lage due to a positive Covid-19 test, Wolves make just the one change, with the injured Romain Saiss dropping out for Chiquinho to come in. He starts on the right of the front-three, with Jonny dropping back into the wing-back position.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Zack Steffen, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Cole Palmer, Romeo Lavia.
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.
WOLVES SUBSTITUTES: John Ruddy, Ki-Jana Hoever, Marcal, Francisco Trincao, Yerson Mosquera, Fabio Silva, Tote Gomes, Hwang Hee-Chan, Luke Cundle.
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.
City, meanwhile, are level on points with Liverpool at the top of the table, but lead them on goal difference with a game in hand. This is that such game, and Pep Guardiola’s side can take a massive step towards retaining their Premier League title with a win in the West Midlands.
Lying eighth with three games to play, Wolves are five points behind seventh-placed West Ham with an outside chance of playing European football next season, but face an almighty challenge as they take on the reigning champions at Molineux.
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