Manchester City 5-1 Fulham: Haaland hat-trick gave city victory

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Erling Haaland scored three goals in the second half to help champions Manchester City defeat Fulham 5-1 and keep their perfect Premier League record intact.

After Fulham stormed off the field at the Etihad Stadium at halftime over a rather dubious goal from Nathan Ake, the prolific Norwegian came to the fore to seal the victory.

Tim Ream immediately erased Julian Alvarez’s lead, but Ake gave City the lead back.

Ake’s goal was upheld despite loud protests from Fulham because Manuel Akanji appeared to play at the ball while offside.

After the break, City, particularly Haaland, put those concerns to rest with an assured performance, earning another victory for manager Pep Guardiola, who is currently absent.

Haaland made it 3-1 just before the hour with a clinical low finish after Alvarez put him through on goal with a quick flick from a long Rodri pass.

The striker was then given the chance to add another when City were awarded a penalty soon after for a clumsy challenge on Alvarez by Diop.

Haaland struck the post with his last spot-kick against Sheffield United last week, but this time he made no mistake.

He completed his treble injury time as he turned home following good work by substitute Sergio Gomez.

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