Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City ran riot in a 5-0 away victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.
England international Sterling made it six goals in five games, moving on to 27 strikes in all competitions – his best scoring tally in a single season.
His opener and a goal from Gabriel Jesus, who ended Saturday’s match with two assists, ensured City were in complete control by half-time after making six changes to their starting XI.
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Sterling netted again and Bernardo Silva scored before the hour mark as Brighton, who remain eight points clear of the bottom three, had no answer.
Nine minutes before the end, a determined Sterling grabbed his third.
Jesus and Eric Garcia had already missed early chances by the time Sterling put the visitors in front after 21 minutes.
He cut inside from the left and impressively found the far corner from 20 yards after collecting Jesus’ headed lay-off.
Jesus had a shot deflected onto the crossbar by Brighton defender Lewis Dunk and also showed some great footwork to create a chance which Riyad Mahrez narrowly fired wide.
But City were not to be denied, Jesus tapping in from under the crossbar after Rodri had helped on a Kevin De Bruyne corner a minute before the break.
De Bruyne cannoned a free-kick off the post shortly after the restart and City soon got their third after 53 minutes when Sterling headed in Mahrez’s in-swinging free-kick from inside the six-yard box.
It was four in the visitors’ next attack when Mat Ryan could not hold Bernardo Silva’s deflected effort and Jesus kept the ball alive to allow the Portugal international to convert a simple follow-up.
Sterling’s hat-trick goal came in unusual fashion, as he forced his way past Dunk and Adam Webster before somehow creeping a header between Ryan’s legs while he fell to the ground, with a scrambling Dan Burn then helping it over the line.