Gabriel Jesus scored four goals and provided an assist to help Manchester City produce one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Jesus opened the scoring in the fourth minute before doubling their advantage in the 23rd minute. Hassane Kamara pulled one back in the 28th minute before Jesus restored their advantage in the 49th minute. He then added his fourth in the 53rd minute before Rodri scored their fifth in the 34th minute.
Man City: Ederson (5), Cancelo (7), Dias (6), Laporte (6), Zinchenko (7), De Bruyne (8), Rodri (7), Fernandinho (7), Grealish (7), Sterling (7), Jesus (8).
Subs used: Gundogan (7), Ake (6), Mahrez (6).
Watford: Foster (6), Ngakia (6), Kabasele (5), Samir (5), Kamara (6), Sissoko (6), Louza (5), Cleverley (6), Sarr (5), King (6), Dennis (6).
Subs used: Cathcart (5), Joao Pedro (5), Kayembe (n/a).
Man of the match: Gabriel Jesus.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola: “If there was one person who deserves the best of his life for him and his family and friends, it’s Gabriel. All of us at the club and locker room, when he has one of these situations are happy for him because he is so generous and it doesn’t matter what position he is going to play, he always fights, he always helps his mates. It was fantastic. But the players at the front, not only Gabriel Jesus for his incredible four goals.”
Watford manager Roy Hodgson: “It was always going to be a tough afternoon because we’re playing the champions and a team that’s fighting to be champions for the second year in a row. If you then concede goals in the very first minutes, you have made life far too difficult for yourself against a team of Man City’s quality. In the end, when these things happen, you can so easily find yourself on the end of a heavy defeat.”
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