City keep pace with Arsenal

Manchester City kept pace in the Premier League title race with a 4-1 mauling of relegation-threat­ened Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s second-placed side were five points behind Ar­senal before the match, but were unfazed as Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each scored in a dominant first half performance.

Chris Mepham’s own goal made City’s victory even more comfort­able early in the second half, with Jefferson Lerma’s late goal a mere consolation.

City dominated their relega­tion-threatened opponents from the off and Julian Alvarez opened the scoring in 15 minutes.

Haaland’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar after Ilkay Gundog­an played Phil Foden in with an inch-perfect ball, but Alvarez was present from inches out to sweep home.

It did not take Pep Guardiola’s side long to double their advantage as Haaland scored 14 minutes later to become City’s record goalscorer in a single Premier League season.

The visitors sealed victory on the stroke of half-time as Foden pounced on Philip Billing’s slack pass to shake off Jack Stephens’ challenge and slot past Neto to put City three goals ahead.

City extended their lead to four just six minutes into the second half as Chris Mepham diverted the ball into his own net from Alvarez’s strike. Foden again supplied the ball into the box as Guardiola’s side ran rampant.

Lerma scored seven minutes from time with an emphatic finish, its only significance was denying City goalkeeper, Ederson, his 100th Premier League clean sheets. —ESPN

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