Manchester City thrash West Brom to go top

Manchester City hammered five goals past West Brom at the Hawthorns to claim top spot in the table. Pep Guardiola’s men scored four goals in the first half to put the game beyond West Brom’s reach, and extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 matches.

City provided an early indication of what was in store for the evening by hitting the woodwork in the 4th minute through Foden. The visitors took the lead a couple of minutes later, as Gundogan scored the opener after receiving Cancelo’s cross and lashed it beyond Johnstone.

Guardiola’s men doubled their lead in the 20th minute through Joao Cancelo, who curled a beauty into the top-left corner from Bernardo Silva’s cut-back.

City put the game beyond West Brom’s reach after Gundogan scored his second of the game in the 30th minute by slotting home from inside the box after the hosts fluffed a clearance.

Manchester City continued to pile more pressure on West Brom, and scored their fourth in the additional time of first half through Mahrez, who curled his fierce effort into the far corner after collecting a cross from Sterling.

West Brom’s intention of damage control didn’t work for long, as Sterling scored City’s fifth goal from a simple tap in the 57th minute.

The visitors asserted complete control over the game, and continued to venture forward with every possible opportunity. Sam Allardyce’s men had a miserable evening, and managed just one shot on target with 22% possession. Pep Guradiola’s men have now conceded just one goal in their last 5 matches, while scoring 11 in the process.

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