Manchester City 8-0 Watford

Match Report
Champions Manchester City went goal crazy at the Etihad Stadium as they thrashed Watford 8-0, with Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva completing a hat-trick.

Champions Manchester City went goal crazy at the Etihad Stadium as they thrashed Watford 8-0, with Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva completing a hat-trick.

Citizens boss Pep Guardiola made four changes to the side beaten 3-2 at Norwich City, with Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez handed starts.

Meanwhile, the Hornets fielded Adrian Mariappa and Dimitri Foulquier in place of Andre Gray and Christian Kabasele.

It took City just over a minute to break the deadlock as a fluent passing move ended with De Bruyne curling over a perfect ball from the right which was converted from close range by the arriving David Silva.

Three minutes later Ederson made a crucial save to prevent Gerard Deulofeu from equalising for the visitors, after the home defence had been split open.

With six minutes on the clock, Ben Foster bundled over Mahrez and from the resulting penalty Sergio Aguero sent the Hornets keeper the wrong way to make the score 2-0 to the hosts.

Just 12 minutes in City added a third goal as Mahrez was fouled just outside the area and his following free-kick took a big deflection off the unfortunate Tom Cleverley to nestle in the back of the net.

Amazingly it was 4-0 with a mere 15 minutes played as a corner from the right was headed on at the near post and Bernardo Silva swooped to head home from just a couple of yards out.

The fifth goal took just two further minutes to arrive as a quickly-taken free-kick was swept across goal by Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi slid in to the net at the far post.

Aguero missed another decent chance and also saw another effort come back off a post as the hosts continued to press, with De Bruyne slicing a shot well wide when well-placed.

The Argentine then saw a header kept out by a combination of the upright and Foster, before half-time arrived to the relief of a shell-shocked Hornets outfit.

The second half opened with Kyle Walker rifling a drive high and wide from 25 yards out and shortly afterwards it was 6-0 as Bernardo Silva wriggled clear on the left side of the penalty area and his low shot trickled past Foster.

On the hour mark Bernardo Silva completed his hat-trick as he shot home at the second attempt, with De Bruyne yet again the creator thanks to a fizzing cross in from the right.

Mahrez headed against the bar from an Angelino cross as the Citizens enjoyed their total domination and five minutes from time De Bruyne finally got himself on the scoresheet as he rifled home a shot from the edge of the area.

De Bruyne came close to adding his second soon after, but, after slaloming past a gaggle of defenders, he somehow screwed his shot narrowly wide of target, before the agony finally came to an end for the visitors.

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