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Manchester City 3-0 Wolves: Gabriel Jesus scores twice as City narrow gap on Liverpool

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City eased past 10-man Wolves to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four points.

City did not manage a repeat of the scoring feats that had seen them hit 16 goals against Rotherham and Burton in their previous two games, but the outcome was rarely in doubt despite the relatively modest winning margin.

Jesus opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Leroy Sane ran on to a peach of a pass by Aymeric Laporte and squared for the Brazilian to slide home.

A tough task for Wolves got even harder when Willy Boly was dismissed nine minutes later, with the French defender shown a straight red card for a dangerous jumping challenge on Bernardo Silva.

City initially failed to take advantage of their extra man and were given a scare when Jonny narrowly failed to turn in Diogo Jota’s cross on a rare foray forward by the visitors.

That woke them from their slumbers and moments later they extended their lead from the spot.

Ryan Bennett sent Raheem Sterling tumbling as he burst into the box and Jesus stepped up to take his personal tally to seven in City’s past three matches and put his side in complete control by half-time.

The only question left at the break was how many more City would score. Pep Guardiola’s side had got five goals in the second half against Burton in the Carabao Cup and four against Rotherham in the FA Cup but had to settle for one this time.

Substitute Kevin de Bruyne whipped in a cross from a short corner routine, and Connor Coady could only deflect it into his own net to complete a miserable night for the visitors.

City just shy of record

City ended the night pushing for more goals but ended the evening one short of 100 in all competitions for the season.

It meant they missed out on equalling the record they set themselves in 2013-14 for being the fastest team to that landmark in the Premier League era but, other than their league position, that is just about the only thing they can be disappointed about at the moment.

They are the highest scorers in the Premier League with 59, and this was another message to Liverpool – who they beat here at the start of the year – that the title race is very much on.

Tuesday will mark a month since City last topped the table, and will also see Liverpool overhaul them as the team to have spent the longest at the summit this season – with the Reds leading the way with 75 days to City’s 74.

And, on the evidence of this latest relentless attacking display, Guardiola’s side have the firepower to keep the pressure on the leaders.

Man of the match – Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus

What next?

Wolves are at home to Leicester on Saturday (12:30 GMT KO). Manchester City travel to face Huddersfield Town on Sunday (13:30 GMT) in the first game since the Terriers parted company with manager David Wagner.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 3Danilo
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 14mins
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 62'minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 33Gabriel JesusSubstituted forAgüeroat 76'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forGündoganat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Agüero
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 18Delph
  • 26Mahrez
  • 30Otamendi
  • 49Muric

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15BolyBooked at 19mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 72'minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forTraoréat 45'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forSaïssat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 29Vinagre
  • 37Traoré
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
54,171

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home24
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away3

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Attempt blocked. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by John Stones.

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny.

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Foul by Danilo (Manchester City).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danilo (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Goal!

Own Goal by Conor Coady, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Manchester City 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Rui Patrício.

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Agüero replaces Gabriel Jesus.

Offside, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Leroy Sané.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho.

Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danilo.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a through ball.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces David Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saïss replaces Diogo Jota.

Attempt saved. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Offside, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus tries a through ball, but Leroy Sané is caught offside.

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