Gabriel Jesus Scores Four To Send Manchester City Four Points Clear. Manchester City beat Watford 5-1 to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League. Gabriel Jesus scored four goals and assisted on a fifth.
With a month remaining in the season, City knows that if they win all of their remaining league games, they will be champions, and they will hope for more afternoons like this one when their success was never in doubt.
Watford gave it their all, but they were outperformed by a rampaging City side, and they are now stuck in the bottom three, seven points from safety.
The Hornets have previously experienced huge defeats at Etihad Stadium, losing 8-0 in 2019. They endured even greater anguish this time, with Jesus bearing the brunt of the blame.
The Brazilian headed home a fine Kevin de Bruyne delivery from close range to put City ahead inside four minutes after turning in Oleksandr Zinchenko’s driving cross. He then extended their advantage when he headed home a precise Kevin de Bruyne supply from close range.
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Hassane Kamara equalized with a strong angled drive that escaped Ederson, but Rodri restored City’s two-goal lead with a thundering shot into the top corner after Jesus found him on the outskirts of the area.
Any hope of a Hornets comeback was dashed right at the start of the second half, as Kamara’s error allowed Jesus to sprint in at goal and be felled by Ben Foster of the visitors.
After a lengthy VAR review, which was hampered by a glitch with referee Kevin Friend’s microphone, the verdict was upheld, allowing Jesus to slam home the penalty and seal his first Premier League hat-trick since arriving in Manchester in 2016.
Jesus was not finished yet, as he completed a fantastic team move shortly after when he sprinted onto a De Bruyne cross, and despite the lack of goals in the final half-hour, City had already wrapped up the points.
City’s lead over second-placed Liverpool is at its widest since March 16, but it may only continue until Sunday’s Merseyside derby when the Reds will have a chance to reply.
In a title battle as tight as this one, goal difference might be crucial, and City’s is already at +59, just two points ahead of Liverpool on +61.