Manchester City beat Wolves to cut gap at top

Manchester City beat Wolves to cut gap at top
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring for Manchester City in the 10th minute of the match.
London, Jan 15 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/15/2019 11:50:19 AM IST

Gabriel Jesus took his tally to seven goals in three games with a double as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 to cut Premier League leaders Liverpool’s advantage to four points on Monday.

The Brazilian tapped in after 10 minutes and struck again from the penalty spot before the break after Wolves had been reduced to 10 men as Willy Boly was shown a straight red card.

After back-to-back league defeats during the Christmas fixtures, City have now won five matches in a row in all competitions and look primed to give chase to Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool.

With Tottenham Hotspur losing on Sunday, it now looks a two-horse race to win the Premier League with Liverpool on 57 points and City on 53 from 22 games. 

City knew only a victory would suffice after Liverpool’s weekend win at Brighton and they needed only 10 minutes to go ahead at the Etihad Stadium.

Aymeric Laporte played a superb pass to release Leroy Sane down the left channel and his cross was perfect for Jesus to score with a simple finish in front of goal.

What was already a tough assignment for Wolves became a seemingly impossible one nine minutes later when Boly launched into a tackle on Bernardo Silva and won the ball but also left the City midfielder rolling around with his follow through.

Wolves had a rare breakaway and perhaps should have equalised when Raul Jimenez burst forward and played in Jonathan Castro Otto who just failed to pick out the unmarked Jota when a shot at goal would have been a better option.

Shortly afterwards at the other end Raheem Sterling was sent sprawling in the area by Ryan Bennett and Jesus converted the penalty and there was no way back for Wolves.

To their credit Wolves were diligent in defence after the break and restricted City’s chances although they did concede again when substitute Kevin de Bruyne whipped in a cross that glanced in off Wolves’ Conor Coady. City racked up 870 passes to the 271 of Wolves.

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