Kevin De Bruyne scored four goals as Manchester City beat Watford 5-1 to move closer to defending the Premier League title on Wednesday night.
The Belgian, who has been in great shape in recent weeks, stole the show at Molineux Stadium, scoring a hat-trick in the first 24 minutes.
He opened his account for the day just seven minutes later when he reached the end of a fully burdened Bernardo Silva cross to defeat the goalkeeper with a tight angle.
The owners of the land held the equalizer momentarily after great work from Pedro Neto, who played a vital role in the construction. He squared it off to Leander Dendoncker, who beat Ederson with a fine shot into the lower right corner.
De Bruyne regained the lead for City in the 16th minute when he responded as quickly as possible to hit the ball into the net after the ball fell in his face.
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Two minutes into the second half, City thought they had grabbed a third goal when Raheem Sterling hit the net, but his attempt was called off for offside.
There is nothing the hosts could do though as an hour passed as De Bruyne, once again, jumped a loose ball into the penalty area to easily defeat the goalkeeper, who had already committed.
Phil Foden came close to scoring the fifth goal when he hit a good pass inside the penalty area and fired a good shot, and his effort overcame the goalkeeper, only to move away from the left post to safety.
There was plenty of time for the visitors to add a fifth, and it came five minutes later when they launched a lightning counterattack which Sterling finished at close range.
The win puts them firmly in the drivers seat in the last two games of the season.
Guardiola’s men lead the standings with 89 points, three points behind Liverpool, who beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday evening.