erling haaland's hat-trick leads manchester city to dominant 5-1 victory over fulham, amidst controversial nathan ake goal

Manchester City secured a comfortable victory over Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday. The match, which took place at the Etihad Stadium, saw City dominate from start to finish, with Erling Haaland playing a key role in their success.

City opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net. The Brazilian forward showed great composure as he calmly finished past Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The home side continued to apply pressure and were rewarded in the 26th minute when Haaland doubled their lead. The Norwegian striker showcased his clinical finishing skills, latching onto a pass from Kevin De Bruyne before firing a powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Fulham struggled to create any meaningful chances throughout the game and found it difficult to break down City’s solid defense. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to find a way back into the match.

City maintained their dominance in the second half, controlling possession and creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities. Fulham’s defense held strong for much of the half, but City eventually added a third goal in the 75th minute. This time, it was Raheem Sterling who found the back of the net, capitalizing on a rebound after a shot from Phil Foden.

The victory sees City extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table, further strengthening their title aspirations. Pep Guardiola’s side now sit comfortably ahead of their rivals, with a significant points gap.

For Fulham, the defeat adds to their struggles this season as they continue to battle against relegation. Scott Parker’s team remains in the bottom three, with a challenging fight ahead to secure their Premier League status.

Haaland’s performance was undoubtedly a standout moment of the match, showcasing his immense talent and ability to make an impact on the game. The young striker has been in sensational form this season, attracting attention from top clubs across Europe.

City’s next match will see them take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Guardiola will be hoping that Haaland can continue his impressive form and help guide the team to further success in Europe’s elite competition.

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