Raheem Sterling stole the show as he grabs a hat-trick against Watford to help Manchester City register a 3-1 win ans pull four points clear in the title race and pile the pressure on 2nd placed Liverpool.
The England winger bagged three goals inside 13 minutes in the second half, the first of which should have been disallowed, to make it five straight wins in the league for Pep Guardiola's side.
Gerard Deulofeu grabbed a late consolation just 20 seconds after coming off the bench for Watford but the damage was already done.
The Citizens came into this match with an excellent form, having won their previous five matches, however, they had appeared nervy in their previous two encounters, having won each just 1-0.
And it look to be another tense affair for Pep Guardiola's men after a goalless first half. But 60 seconds after the interval, Sterling found the back of the net after Sergio Aguero had chested it into the England international's path.
At first, it appeared the effort had been disallowed due to an offside flag. However, after a three minute delay, referee Paul Tierney overruled his linesman and awarded the goal.
Former Liverpool man Sterling made it 2-0 five minutes later as David Silva combined with Riyad Mahrez, who fed the ball to City's No. 7 to tap home.
And Sterling completed his hat-trick and secured the three points just before the hour mark when he crept in behind Daryl Janmaat to collect Bernardo Silva‘s exquisite through ball and slot past Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
The third goal was Sterling's 15th of the season in the Premier League, and he is just three behind teammate and leading marksman Aguero.
Gerard Deulofeu pulled a goal back for Watford with his first touch after latching onto Troy Deeney's flick, but it was merely a consolation.
Watford stay eighth after the defeat, while City will finish the weekend in first place regardless of Liverpool's result against Burnley on Sunday.
"The first half was very difficult. It was hard to break them down," Raheem Sterling told after the match.
"In the second half thing opened up a bit. We had some luck with the first one and then we had a few more chances that we took really well.
"In the first half they were really compact. We knew we only had 45 minutes left and we knew we had to go for it and be more aggressive. That's what we did."
Asked specifically for his views on the opening goal, Sterling added, "I don't know exactly what it was, but I was praying and hoping that they'd give it to us.
"We got that slight fortune and we deserved [the win]."
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