Four goals from Erling Haaland as Man City beat Wolves 5-1 to stay in control of the Premier League title race

Erling Haaland scored four goals – including a first-half hat-trick – as Manchester City demolished Wolverhampton 5-1 to retain control of the Premier League title race on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side needed to respond to first-placed Arsenal's 3-0 drubbing against Bournemouth earlier in the day and did so with another big brace from Haaland.

The Norway striker struck twice from the penalty spot in the first half, either side of a towering header, before adding a fourth with a curling strike.

Substitute Julian Alvarez also got on the scoresheet, while Wolves' consolation came from Hwang Hee-chan.

The win lifted City, who are chasing an unprecedented fourth straight league crown, back to within a point of the Gunners. City have three matches remaining, while Arsenal have two.

Haaland's outstanding display took his haul to 36 in all competitions for the campaign and put him in the running for the Premier League's Golden Boot award to 25 – five clear of his nearest rivals. His hat-trick was the ninth in City colours.

For Wolves' players, there was little escape from the onslaught although manager Gary O'Neill may have been relieved of his touchline ban which kept him out of sight.

City's determination was evident from the start and it was no surprise that the hosts soon took the lead, although the first penalty after 12 minutes was disputed.

Josko Guardiol was shaping up to shoot when Ryan Ait-Nouri tried to clear and the pair collided. The decision could have gone either way but referee Craig Pawson awarded the spot kick and Haaland confidently put it away.

With some poor Wolves defending, City could soon have had more as Kevin De Bruyne shot wide and Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa Haaland's header was pushed away. Phil Foden dribbled through the area only to lose control at the crucial moment.

The inevitable second came in the 35th minute when Rodri won possession, continued his run and exchanged passes with De Bruyne before picking up a cross at the back post, where Haaland brilliantly headed past Sa.

The Norwegian completed his treble with a second penalty in first-half stoppage time through Nelson Semedo.

This time Pawson was unconvinced but reviewed the challenge on the pitchside monitor and pointed to the spot.

Wolves offered little before the break but pulled one back against the run on 53 minutes of play.

City keeper Ederson Moraes, who initially recovered from a shoulder injury, turned a cross from Jean-Riccan Bellegarde into the path of Hwang and the South Korean headed the ball into the net.

Yet any hope Wolves might have had of fighting back was quickly and resoundingly quashed by Haaland.

The forward pounced on a long ball from Foden and blasted a terrific shot into the far corner from just inside.

Haaland almost scored a fifth moments later when he forced a penalty save from Sa but, after denying Mateo Kovačić, the goalkeeper was beaten by Alvarez again five minutes from time.

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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