Winger Jeremy Doku of Manchester City scored and set up two more goals in seven explosive minutes in the first half, then added two more assists in the second half as the champions destroyed Bournemouth 6-1 to take top spot in the Premier League on Saturday.
Although Belgian winger Doku stole the show as he used his arsenal of attacking moves to set the stage for the host team—who had lost star striker Erling Haaland to injury at halftime—to win handily, Bernardo Silva scored twice.
Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing City finally opened the score on the half-hour mark when Doku performed a neat one-two with Rodri on the edge of the box before guiding the ball home.
The game had been probed cautiously for the first thirty minutes.
Doku scored the second goal three minutes later when his amazing footwork caught the Bournemouth defence off guard.
In the 37th minute, teammate Manuel Akanji deflected Doku’s left-footed shot into the goal.
Haaland, who had gone close to the post with a header in the first half, hobbled out down the tunnel at halftime and was replaced by Phil Foden in the second half.
Soon after the break, the visitors believed they had equalised, but Dominic Solanke’s attempt was disallowed when a VAR check revealed winger Ryan Christie was offside during the build-up.
Doku persisted in running at the opposing defence, and in the 64th, he assisted Foden in scoring from close range to make the score 4-1.
Luis Sinisterra of Bournemouth scored the game’s first goal, but incredible chipping play from Silva and a diving header from Ake put City ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who play Chelsea on Monday, with 27 points.