Kevin De Bruyne scored four goals in Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday, putting his club in a strong position to reclaim the Premier League with two games remaining.
The Belgian scored a hat-trick in a devastating 18-minute run in the first half, then added a fourth after the interval as the away fans alternated between yelling “Kevin De Bruyne” and “Champions of England.”
Pep Guardiola’s team now leads the league with 89 points, three more than Liverpool, who they also lead on goal differential, with the title firmly in their sights.
A second consecutive Premier League victory would make up for their Champions League elimination, which came after City lost in the semi-finals and Liverpool reached the final.
De Bruyne scored the third quickest Premier League hat-trick in history at Molineux, with a sumptuously-placed goal in the seventh minute, a deft follow-up to a rebound in the 16th, and a curler from the edge of the box in the 24th.
Wolves threatened an upset when Leander Dendoncker equalized after a superb break, but the De Bruyne performance continued. He added a fourth goal from close range in the 60th minute, before teammate Raheem Sterling capped another comfortable City victory in the 84th minute.
The Wolves remained in the ninth position with 50 points.