Manchester City romped to a 6-0 home victory over Nottingham Forest, propelled by the goal-hungry Erling Haaland.
In the first 38 minutes of City’s midweek victory, Haaland added three more goals to his Premier League tally from four days earlier against Crystal Palace.
The bulky Norwegian reacted to City’s short corner routine the quickest, sprinting in front of Joe Worrall to push Phil Foden’s pass beyond Dean Henderson. After a last-ditch tackle took the ball off Foden’s feet, it wasn’t until 11 minutes later that Haaland was able to tap in his second goal of the game before heading in a third from inside the six-yard box.
Within five minutes of the restart, Joao Cancelo ripped a rippling effort into the top corner from the edge of the box as City continued to annihilate the freshly promoted team.
In the final 30 minutes, Julian Alvarez scored his first Premier League goals for the team. The Argentine slipped City’s fifth goal of the night between Henderson’s legs as he raced beyond Forest’s struggling defense.
Kevin De Bruyne, who sat out the first hour of this humiliation, led a push between the dispersed Forest jerseys with four minutes left. When Riyad Mahrez’s shot was stopped, it allowed Alvarez to score his second goal and finish out Steve Cooper’s team.
In their first five games of the season, City have scored a league-high 19 goals, but they are still behind Arsenal’s perfect start to the season at the top of the Premier League standings. At this early stage of the season, Forest, who gave Remo Freuler and Renan Lodi their complete Premier League debuts, are one point above the relegation zone.
On Saturday, Forest host fellow promotion winners Bournemouth at the City Ground, while the defending Premier League champions travel to a struggling Aston Villa team on Sunday.
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