Manchester City did magic against Newcastle United as Kevin de Bruyne become the first Manchester City player to score four goals in a single may this season. The former Chelsea player registered four stunning goals as his side thumped Wolves and restored their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Kevin de Bruyne Scores Four as Manchester City thrash Wolves 5-1
Man City Beach coach Pep Guardiola’s side now needs only four points from their final two fixtures to ensure they will finish above Liverpool and win their fourth title in five seasons. Kevin De Bruyne has played a central role in all of those previous triumphs but this was an individual display that must rank among the finest of his stellar collection in a Manchester City shirt.
The Belgian started the move that led to his side’s opener, and finished it too, running on to Bernardo Silva’s pass to slot home. Wolves did well to restore the scores not long after City scored the opener. They did well to lunch on to a rapid counter-attack ending when Pedro Neto found Leander Dendoncker in space on the edge of the box to fire past Ederson.
Kevin de Bruyne however, quickly put his side back in front. Again, he played a part in the build-up too and was in the right place to smash in the rebound after Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa beat Raheem Sterling to his pass. His third goal – again with his so-called weaker left foot – was the pick of the bunch, and saw him drive towards the edge of the area and curl into the bottom corner.
It was Kevin de Bruyne’s first-ever hat-trick for Manchester City and is also the third was the third-quickest in Premier League history as the goals came in all in 24 minutes. He celebrated in style by copying the meditation celebration of his soon-to-be team-mate Erling Haaland, who City reached an agreement to sign this week, but he was not finished yet.
Manchester City came out for the second half looking for more goals to improve their goal difference, which was already three better than Liverpool’s before kick-off. Raheem Sterling thought he had extended their lead when he ran clear and beat Sa but an offside flag cut short his celebrations.
It was left to De Bruyne to make it 4-1, typically making no mistake when a Phil Foden cross was deflected into his path and finding the bottom corner with his first right-footed effort of the night.
More chances followed, with England star Foden hitting the post and Sterling missing an easy chance but eventually someone else did get in on the act, with Sterling tapping into an empty net after Sa denied Joao Cancelo. This was still the De Bruyne show, however. The city is not over the line yet, and their next test is an awkward trip to West Ham on Sunday, but on this evidence, they will take some stopping.