Manchester City Demolish Rivals and Rise to the Summit of the Table

Manchester City Demolish Rivals and Rise to the Summit of the Table

- Man City thrashed West Brom 5-0 at the Hawthorns

- Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in the game against the Premier League strugglers

- Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Joao Cancelo were also on target for the Citizens

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Manchester City produced a five-star performance during their trip to The Hawthorns as they claimed a 5-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in their mid-week Premier League fixture.

The victory means Pep Guardiola's men are the latest league leaders with 41 points from 19 games so far this campaign.

It took the hosts just six minutes before finding the back of the net for the first time in the meeting with Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo combining well to power the visitors ahead.

The 30-year-old German beautifully dribbled Nigeria's Semi Ajayi after receiving a long pass from his teammate and then send the ball into the left side of the post. It was really a beauty to behold.

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Manchester City demolish Premier League rivals and rise to the summit of the table
Riyad Mahrez celebrating Raheem Sterling after grabbing Man City's fifth goal of the game. Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP
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City continued their attacking style of play but nothing reasonable happened until the 22nd minute when Cancelo recorded his name on the score sheet.

The 26-year-old Portuguese skillfully dropped the ball over all the players in the 18-yard box including the keeper and it went straight into the net. Bernardo Silva provided the assist for the second goal.

Gundogan produced yet another superlative display on the half-hour mark after dispossessing Ajayi of the ball in the danger zone and once again sent into the bottom left corner of the post.

Riyad Mahrez increased his side's tally in the added minutes with his signature goal from the right flank after taking a delivery from Raheem Sterling who operated from the left flank.

In the 57th minute, it was the turn of Sterling to get on the scores sheet while Mahrez provided the assist for City's fifth goal of the game.

They are now one point ahead of their city rivals Manchester United and their next game will be at the Etihad Stadium against Sheffield United.

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In other news, previously reported that Manchester United have completed the signing of Edinson Cavani on a free transfer on deadline day.

The 33-year-old joined the Red Devils on a one-year deal as a free agent having parted ways with Paris Saint Germain in June. He becomes the third player to arrive at Old Trafford after Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles this transfer window.

Cavani's arrival will help United improve in front of goal especially after suffering a 6-1 defeat to ruthless Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday, October 4.

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