January 22, (THEWILL) – Erling Haaland scored his fourth English Premier League hat-trick of the season as Manchester City beat relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Wolves defended resolutely in the first half, but it seemed only a matter of time before they went behind and Erling Haaland, got the breakthrough by rising above Nathan Collins, to head Kevin De Bruyne’s cross beyond Jose Sa in the 40th minute.
Haaland, who has been in scintillating form this season, was on target again from the penalty spot early in the second half. He completed his hat-trick four minutes later following a terrible mistake from Sa, taking his goal tally for the season to 24.
Wolves boss, Julen Lopetegui, made a triple substitution at half-time, bringing Pablo Sarabia on for his debut along with Matheus Cunha and Joao Moutinho. However, the changes were not enough to stop Haaland from completing his hat-trick and City from cruising to victory.
City boss Pep Guardiola had demanded more hunger from his side in their quest for more trophies and they responded, moving two points behind leaders Arsenal ahead of the Gunners’ huge clash with Manchester United later on Sunday. With Haaland in this form, City will be a tough team to beat as they chase more trophies this season.