Manchester City started the first half really strongly as Julian Alvarez scored the opener in the 30th minute after he met a pass from Haaland. City’s goal met a quick response from Fulham as Tim Ream found the back of the net after he tapped the ball into an open net as a shot from Raul Jimenez was kept out by Ederson.

Manchester City were in the lead again as Nathan Ake headed in a corner from Phil Foden in the added time of the first half. The goal was a subject of controversy as Akanji, who was standing in an offside position was deemed to be obstructing the view of Fulham’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

VAR looked at the incident and refused to intervene to the dismay of Marco Silva, Fulham’s Head Coach Who was visibly upset at the touchlines.

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Haaland got on the score sheet in the 58th minute, and got another goal minutes later courtesy of a penalty Fulham conceded by bringing down Julian Alverez in the box.

He wasn’t done yet as he grabbed his seventh hat-trick for Manchester City striking the ball into the net in the fifth minute of added time, to take city 5-1 up.