Manchester City defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 to move top of the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The champions started Jack Grealish after the comeback win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, while Wolves did not have new signing Diego Costa in the playing squad.
It took Grealish just a minute to make a mark as he sneaked in the area and bundled home Kevin De Bruyne’s first-time cross from the right of the six-yard area.
City extended their lead nine minutes later after Erling Braut Haaland grabbed possession in midfield and ran goal-wards to pick out the near corner of the net, making it the fourth away game in a row that he has now scored.
Bruno Lage’s men looked to claw their way back inside the half-hour mark from a few half-chances, but were down to ten men when Nathan Collins walked the plank for a dangerous challenge on Grealish.
Wolves nearly reduced the tally despite their numerical disadvantage later on, as Daniel Podence drifted in-field from a teasing run on the edge of the area and flashed wide of the near post.
The host didn’t have a difficult start to the second half and instead forced the title holders back courtesy of penetrative balls around the danger area by Pedro Neto amongst others.
City were still under intense pressure earlier on in the half and nearly conceded off a complete mis-kick in the area by Goncalo Guedes following a low square delivery.
Nonetheless, City absorbed everything and made it three midway in the second half as a late run in the box from Phil Foden ended with a first-time finish from a low pass by De Bruyne.
A set of changes came from the champions thereafter in Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Argentine-born Julian Alvarez.
The trio weren’t able to add to the already comfortable cushion, but the three goals were able to send the Citizens to the summit.
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