Wolves 1-5 Man City: Player ratings and man of the match as Kevin De Bruyne nets four
Manchester City strengthened their title hopes with a terrific win at Molineux, which was inspired by the brilliant Belgian.
Manchester City moved three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night after an impressive 5-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It was a victory inspired by the outstanding display of Kevin De Bruyne, who netted four in the West Midlands, with three coming in the first half.
It took just seven minutes for the City star to open the scoring when he latched onto Bernardo Silva’s perfectly weighted ball and placed his shot beyond the outstretched fingers of Jose Sa.
But the lead didn’t last long, with another Belgian midfielder netting only a few minutes after City had taken the lead. This time it was Leandro Dendoncker, who finished off a Wolves breakaway by turning in Pedro Neto’s cross.
Again, it didn’t take long for another goal, with De Bruyne making the most of Sa’s error on 16 minutes and scoring via a left-footed finish after the goalkeeper swiped at the City No.17’s original pass and pushed it back into his path.
And he wasn’t done there, as De Bruyne netted a third within the opening 24 minutes when he rifled an effort from the edge of the box that flew into the bottom corner to give City a commanding early lead.
After the break, there was only one man who was going to net the visitors’ fourth, with De Bruyne powerfully drilling the ball into the back of the net after another melee at the back for Wolves.
It took until the latter stages for City to add a fifth after a hugely dominant display at Molineux, with Raheem Sterling tapping in from Joao Cancelo’s cross-shot to make it 5-1.
Here’s how we rated the players…