Erling Haaland scored again as Manchester City rose to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves at Molineux.
Jack Grealish opened the scoring in the first minute of the game before Haaland doubled the advantage shortly after with his 11th Premier League goal of the season in just his seventh league appearance.
Wolves’ problems were further compounded when Nathan Collins was sent off for an intense and dangerous challenge to Grealish, leaving Bruno Lage’s side facing the impossible task of facing the champions. Premier League for an hour with 10 people.
Wolf: Sa (4); Jonny (5), Collins (2), Kilman (6), Ait-Nouri (6); Nunes (6), Neves (6), Moutinho (5); Neto (5), Guedes (6), Podence (5).
Register: B Traore (6), Hwang (6), Semedo (6), Campbell (n/a).
City man: Ederson (6); Stones (7), Dias (7), Akanji (7), Cancelo (7); Rodri (7), De Bruyne (9), Bernardo (8); Foden (8), Haaland (8), Grealish (9).
Register: Gundogan (6), Mahrez (6), Alvarez (6), Palmer (6), Gomez (6).
Man of the match: Jack Grealish
Phil Foden’s second-half finish from Kevin De Bruyne’s assist – his second – made an easy afternoon for Pep Guardiola’s side, who are still unbeaten, The three points obtained also put them at the top of the Premier League table ominously.
How Man City won it at Molineux
City played unconvincingly past Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night and with Wolves unbeaten at Molineux this season, there is little hope of a competitive game even if Diego Costa isn’t ready for the home side. home.
But Grealish changed the mood after 55 seconds, converting De Bruyne’s cross from close range. The former Aston Villa captain found himself under scrutiny by his poor form at the end of the year but his first goal of the season was a reaction.
Haaland’s goal is less of a surprise, just that its nature breaks the trend of his recent attacks. The strike was right-footed and was his first from outside the box for Man City. The shot seemed a bit cheesy but it was still too strong for Jose Sa.
Bruno Lage made a change to the Wolves team that beat Southampton with Goncalo Guedes in place of the injured Sasa Kalajdzic. There is no place in the squad of senior signing Diego Costa as he is pushing towards full fitness.
Pep Guardiola made three changes to the Manchester side that beat Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night. Ruben Dias replaced Nathan Ake, Bernardo Silva replaced Ilkay Gundogan, while Phil Foden started against Riyad Mahrez.
Wolves showed some games in the second half but that defensive hole remained and they continued to reveal a third goal. Haaland was involved in the build this time, for De Bruyne, who crossed from Foden’s right flank.
There was a procession afterwards. In truth, it was. Seventeen points from seven games for City heading into the international break and perhaps a team returning with what Guardiola calls ‘the right equipment’. The last song from City fans? Super Jack.
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“I really like it,” Grealish said afterwards, telling BT Sport.
“It’s been a long time, I haven’t scored since the West Ham game last season so it’s great to score this season and do it so early. It’s a tough place to face a team. They are underrated than this Wolves team.
“I should score more goals and get more assists. The only thing I can do is and I will have people talk about me for the money I was bought but if you look at my career, At Aston Villa, I only had a few goals and assists in the Premier League.”
Guardiola also praised Grealish’s performance.
“He played really well and was strong, a good goal goes there,” said the Manchester City head coach. “He didn’t lose the ball and a good performance for me. Hopefully he can continue in the national team and come back healthy.”
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It was a great afternoon for Gray, who produced an excellent all-round match far beyond his goals. The English winger completed 94% of his passes, won 10 of his 11 duels, completed all of his dribbles and even scored with a few tackles.
It was a far cry from his performance against Borussia Dortmund midweek, where he failed to complete any dribbles, tackles, crosses or win any duels.
Meanwhile, John Stones showed even more versatility as he completed this game in central midfield. Stones had played at an unfamiliar right-back position before his move and presented Gareth Southgate with plenty of options this winter.
And Phil FodenHis third goal of the season moves him further in the race to start England’s first match of the World Cup against Iran on November 21.
The Man City winger is competing with Bukayo Saka and Jarrod Bowen for players similar to him. Neither of his opponents have been able to top the Premier League in free-kicks so far this season.
Man City’s winning statistics
- Manchester City are currently unbeaten in 22 Premier League away games, a match that began more than a year ago against Leicester City. It extended the longest unbeaten away streak in the club’s league history.
- Wolves have only won 1 of the last 14 matches in the Premier League, scoring only 2 goals in the last 6 matches.
- Ten of the 22 starters in this match were Portuguese, setting a new record for the most starts from a specific non-British country in the tournament.
- Erling Haaland has become the first player in Premier League history to score in all of his first four away games in the competition.
- Haaland has scored 100 goals in his last 99 games in all competitions since leaving RB Salzburg in January 2020.
FPL Stats: Wolves vs Man City
|Goal||Grealish, Haaland, Foden|
|Support||De Bruyne (2), Bernardo|
|Reward Points||Cancelo (3), Grealish (2), De Bruyne (1)|
After the international break, Wolves face West Ham United at 5:30pm on Saturday 1 October, with Man City taking on rivals Man Utd at 2pm on Sunday 2 October, with both matches taking place. direct. Sky Sports Premier League.