Match Report

Jesus scores four as City beat Watford to extend Premier League lead

PRAYERS ANSWERED: Jesus celebrates his goal.
Premier League
Premier League
Sat 23 Apr
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Gabriel Jesus 
(4', 23', 49', 53'),  

Rodrigo 
(34')

Hassane Kamara 
(28')
Gabriel Jesus scored four and assisted a superb Rodri volley as Manchester City moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 5-1 win over Watford at the Etihad.

The result means City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table is extended to four points, with second-place Liverpool in action tomorrow when they host Everton.

What happened

In a game of huge significance for both sides, it was City who scored first when Oleksandr Zinchenko’s driven ball across the face of goal was turned in by Gabriel Jesus inside four minutes.

It was a fast start and the home side were very much on top but Watford should have equalised not long after Jesus' opener. A rare error from Joao Cancelo ceded possession on the halfway line and allowed Watford to break clear. Josh King released Emmanuel Dennis who looked certain to score when one-on-one with Ederson, but Zinchenko raced back and made a wonderful last-ditch tackle to deny Watford an equaliser.  

Jesus bagged his second to double our lead, the City forward heading home from Kevin De Bruyne’s outstanding cross. If any further evidence were needed of De Bruyne's unrivalled ability to produce inch-perfect deliveries, it was provided by this moment of genius. 

But Watford carried a threat for much of the first half and Hassane Kamara halved the deficit when he capitalised on some poor City defending to fire the ball into the bottom corner.

It was a goal that threatened to derail City’s momentum, but our superiority was restored when Rodri produced smashed a blistering volley into the top corner from 22 yards out.

City should have been 4-1 up when a rampant Jesus got to the byline and pulled a fine ball back for Sterling, but he fired over the bar from a great position. 

The second half saw City take total control and dismantle a Watford side fighting to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Jesus earned a penalty within seconds of the restart. The Brazilian won possession from Kamara, raced into the area and rounded Ben Foster, before being brought down by the Watford keeper. After a lengthy VAR check hindered by some technical difficulties, Jesus stepped up and dispatched his penalty with minimum fuss.

And he bagged his fourth moments later when a fine team move ended with Jesus playing a one-two with De Bruyne before smashing the ball past Foster to make it 5-1.

It was fine display from City - led by the dynamism of Jesus - and it leaves us knowing five more wins will seal another Premier League title. 

TEAMS 

City

XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte (Ake 63'), Zinchenko, Rodrigo (Mahrez 70'), Fernandinho, De Bruyne (Gundogan 56'), Grealish, Jesus, Sterling

Unused subs: Steffen, Bernardo, Foden, Egan-Riley, Mbete, Palmer

Watford

XI: Foster, Ngakia, Louza (Kayembe 75'), King, Cleverley, Kamara, Sissoko, Samir (Cathcart 68'), Sarr (Joao Pedro 68'), Dennis, Kabasele

Unused subs: Bachmann, Troost-Ekong, Masina, Sema, Nkoulou, Gosling

Man of the Match: Jesus

Four goals and an assist. This was a superb display from the Brazilian, who combined his trademark hard work with some outstanding individual quality.

And you could sense the happiness in his teammates. Jesus is one of the most dedicated professionals in the City squad, a player who always puts the team ahead of his own interests. He has earned the respect of everyone and this performance was richly deserved. 

Statzone 

City are now the first team in Premier League history to win 15 consecutive matches against the same opponent. 

And Gabriel Jesus has become the first player to score four goals in a single Premier League game since Tottenham's Son Heung-min vs Southampton in September 2020.

Jesus reaction 

"It’s my first hat trick in the Premier League - four goals - I am so happy.

"I try to help my team. I want to say thank you to Kevin [De Bruyne]. He is the penalty taker and he said, 'Gabby go and score a hat trick'. I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity.

"I had scored two and he said score a hat trick. He is not selfish. I am here to score goals. I know I can help my team."

Guardiola reaction

"Tonight I'll go home. We play on Wednesday so I'll start to think about Real Madrid. Tonight I'll watch some minutes from some games I want to watch, and that's all.

"The victory against Brighton gave us the opportunity to play another 'final' today, and the victory today gave us an opportunity to play another final against Leeds between the Madrid games. It's no more complicated than that.

"The situation hasn't changed today. We have to win all the games to be champions. We have five left. They're difficult ones because they're mixed in between the Champions League, but it's a pleasure and I'm so proud again to be here."

What it means

City move four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, but Jurgen Klopp’s side can reduce the gap to one when they face Everton at Anfield tomorrow.

The important thing is the destiny of the title race is in City’s hands. We know if we win all our remaining five matches, we will win the Premier League for the fourth time in five seasons.

Huge pressure, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.

What’s next

City’s focus switches now to the UEFA Champions League. On Tuesday, Real Madrid visit the Etihad for the first leg of our semi-final tie. 

Games don’t come much bigger. Real Madrid are the most decorated side in the history of the competition having won it 13 times and have an array of quality players. It should be a very special occasion.

It kicks off at 20:00 (UK) and we will have full coverage on the official Man City app, starting on Monday when we will bring you Guardiola’s pre-match press briefing live at 12:30, followed by live training at 15:15.

And it’s back to the Premier League on Saturday 30 April as we travel to Leeds United. That’s a 17:30 (UK) kick off.

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