Erling Haaland proved his worth once again as he secured a second-half hat-trick to lead Manchester City to a resounding 5-1 victory over Fulham.
Despite a controversial goal from Nathan Ake, Haaland’s exceptional performance stole the show.
The match began calmly, with no signs of the drama that would later unfold.
Fulham, missing key players, felt the absence of their captain Tom Cairney, who was forced off with an injury early in the game.
Meanwhile, City, who were without the talented Jack Grealish, seemed a bit sluggish in possession.
However, the tide turned when Phil Foden and debutant Jeremy Doku switched flanks, injecting new life into City’s attack.
Foden’s clever interplay with Akanji created an opportunity for Julian Alvarez to open the scoring, giving City a much-needed lead.
Fulham quickly retaliated, equalizing through a goal by Tim Ream just minutes later.
The game took a controversial turn in injury time when Ake’s goal put City back in front.
Fulham argued that Akanji, who was in an offside position, had influenced the play, but their protests were dismissed after a VAR review.
The stormy end to the first half seemed to affect Fulham, as City dominated the second half.
Haaland, in particular, showcased his clinical finishing skills by scoring two goals in quick succession.
The first came from a precise pass by Alvarez, while the second was a penalty following a foul on Alvarez by Diop.
Haaland’s performance was capped off with a hat-trick in injury time, as he calmly found the back of the net after excellent work by substitute Sergio Gomez.
His remarkable display demonstrated why he is widely regarded as one of the most talented strikers in the world.
Another victory for City meant that Pep Guardiola’s absence was barely felt.
The team’s 100% Premier League record remains intact, showcasing their title aspirations.
While Guardiola continues to recover from back surgery, his squad showcased their resilience and adaptability in his absence.
This victory will undoubtedly boost City’s confidence as they continue their pursuit of domestic and European glory.
With Haaland leading the line, the team’s attacking prowess is a force to be reckoned with.
As the season progresses, City fans can look forward to more thrilling performances and memorable victories.
This article was updated 1 month ago