Manchester City blank Wolves to go top

Manchester City blank Wolves to go top

Haaland nets 11th league goal of the season in just seventh match

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne tries to fend off Wolves’ Goncalo Guedes during the clubs’ Premier League match at Molineux Stadium on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne tries to fend off Wolves’ Goncalo Guedes during the clubs’ Premier League match at Molineux Stadium on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)

WOLVERHAMPTON, England: Jack Grealish scored in the first minute and Erling Haaland netted his 11th Premier League goal of the season as Manchester City eased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday.

Phil Foden added a third in the second half as City moved to the top of the table with 17 points from seven games, while Wolves are in 16th place having won only once this season.

City could have company at the top by the time the weekend is over: Tottenham Hotspur are at home to last-place Leicester City in Saturday’s late match, while Arsenal visit Brentford on Sunday.

The home side were reduced to 10 men on 33 minutes after a horrendous challenge from defender Nathan Collins, who launched himself studs-first into the midriff of Grealish and could have no complaints about the straight red card.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of kickoff following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the majority of fans kept a respectful silence, while there was warm applause on 70 minutes from all around the ground to mark the number of years the monarch was on the throne.

The champions took the lead after 55 seconds when Kevin De Bruyne’s inviting cross into the six-yard box was turned home by Grealish, before Haaland scored his 14th goal in all competitions with a scuffed shot from the edge of the box after Wolves defender Max Kilman stood off him.

The Norwegian striker became the first player in Premier League history to score in his first four away games, and the points were sealed when De Bruyne was again the architect with another low cross into the six-yard box which was turned home by Foden.


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