Football: De Bruyne scores four times for City

PostedMay 11, 2022, 11:31 p.m.

The Belgian scored four goals in Manchester City’s win over Wolverhampton. The Citizens are three points ahead of Liverpool with two games remaining.

Kevin De Bruyne is jubilant after scoring his 4th goal.

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Kevin de Bruyne welcomed the likely arrival of Erling Haaland in Manchester City with a quadruple against Wolverhampton (5-1) which allowed City to regain control in the title race on Wednesday in a late match of the 33rd day of the Premier League.

It only took 24 minutes for Kevin de Bruyne to score a hat-trick, from the left, with his “weak” foot, before adding a 4th goal from the right in the second half, and put City in orbit against Wolverhampton (5-1 ).

With 89 points, Pep Guardiola’s men relegate the Reds to 3 lengths and further increase their advantage on goal difference (+72 against +65).

It is above all the impression of offensive ease that City gives off which means that we really do not see what could prevent them from retaining their title of champions.

With 19 goals in their last 4 league games, we come to wonder what’s the point of spending 60 million euros to bring Erling Haaland, but the Sky Blues seem to be eagerly awaiting his arrival .

a record

After his third goal, with a low and overpowering strike (1-3, 24th), De Bruyne thus showed his left leg with which he had just completed his hat-trick, before adopting the celebration-signature of the Norwegian, his hands spread apart in a meditative position.

Before that, he had taken advantage of a sublime decisive pass from Bernardo Silva to open the scoring with a cross shot (0-1, 7th), and followed a ball pushed back by José Sa to restore the advantage to his team (1 -2, 16th). It is the 3rd fastest hat-trick in Premier League history.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton had managed to equalize against, by Leander Dendoncker (1-1, 11th), but it was only a flash in the pan.

In the second half, the divine redhead took over a ball that was dragging in the opposing area to offer himself a quadruple (1-4, 60th) and bring his number of goals to 19 this season, in all competitions, a record since he is in City.

Phil Foden having touched wood (68th) and Raheem Sterling missing a ready-made goal (76th), we believed that there would only be for the Belgian, Wednesday evening, but Sterling ended up going there from his realization (1-5, 84th) to complete this real demonstration.

Chelsea almost in C1

Chelsea took a big step towards the Champions League by winning (3-0) on the field of Leeds, reduced to ten in the first period. With 70 points, the Blues, 3rd, take 4 lengths ahead of Arsenal and eight on Tottenham, 5th, who face each other Thursday at the latter and who will then only have two matches to play. This defeat leaves Leeds in 18th place, synonymous with relegation and it will be very difficult to leave.

Burnley (17th) has the same number of points (34), but one game less and a much better goal difference (-17 against -38). And above all, he makes far fewer individual errors.

After squandering a two-goal advantage against Wolverhampton (2-2) last weekend, the Londoners got off to an ideal start, opening the scoring quickly through Mason Mount with a superb shot wrapped in the top corner (1-0, 4th).

The Peacocks further complicated the task with the expulsion, in the 24th minute, of Dan James for a horrible tackle on Mateo Kovacic who had to leave his partners. The Croatian is in danger of missing the FA Cup final against Liverpool on Saturday.

In a one-sided match, Christian Pulisic doubled the bet with a flat foot strike, which left Illan Meslier unresponsive (2-0, 55th).

And after several missed opportunities, Lukaku widened the gap again with his third goal in two matches (3-0, 83rd) which testifies to the very clear return to form of the Belgian in the final stretch of the season.

(AFP)

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