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Manchester City 5-1 Fulham: Erling Haaland scores hat-trick as champions return to the top of the Premier League

Manchester City 5-1 Fulham: Erling Haaland scores hat-trick as champions return to the top of the Premier League

Fulham were furious after the video assistant referee decided that Manuel Akanji had not interfered with play in the build up to Nathan Ake’s goal – but Erling Haaland then stole the show

Erling Haaland capped a golden week by completing a second-half hat-trick as Manchester City extended their 100% start to the Premier League season with a win over Fulham.

On Tuesday, Haaland was named PFA Player of the Year. On Thursday, he got a similar award from Uefa.

Here, he was back doing what he does best – putting the ball into the net, as he took his tally to six for the campaign.

Haaland had set up the opener for Julian Alvarez – and with the score at 2-1 going into the second half, the favour was returned, as the Argentine sent him charging into the box with a fine first-time pass for City’s third.

The Norwegian then kept his nerve to score City’s fourth from the penalty spot after Issa Diop had fouled Alvarez.

Haaland had already been named man of the match when he applied the superb first-time finish to Sergio Gomez’s cut-back to claim yet another match ball.

Fulham would argue the pivotal moment in the game came just before the break, after Tim Ream had equalised within a minute of Alvarez’s opener on the half hour.

Video assistant referee Tony Harrington ruled an offside Manuel Akanji was not interfering with play as Nathan Ake’s 10-yard header bounced past him, even though the Swiss made a play for the ball.

Fulham boss Marco Silva evidently thought otherwise and was booked as he led the protests.

More to follow.

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  1. Squad number17Player nameLeno

  2. Squad number2Player nameTete

  3. Squad number31Player nameDiop

  4. Squad number13Player nameReam

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  6. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

  7. Squad number6Player nameReed

  8. Squad number10Player nameCairney

  9. Squad number8Player nameWilson

  10. Squad number7Player nameJimenez

  11. Squad number14Player nameThe Cordova Reid

  1. Squad number11Player nameTraore

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo Muniz

  3. Squad number20Player nameWillian

  4. Squad number21Player nameChestnuts

  5. Squad number38Player nameHarris


Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Ruben Dias
  • 25Akanji
  • 6What
  • 16RodriBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBernard Silvaat 76′minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forPhillipsat 84′minutes
  • 11TissueSubstituted forGómezat 76′minutes
  • 19ÁlvarezSubstituted forLewisat 90′minutes
  • 47The footSubstituted forBobat 90′minutes
  • 9Haaland


  • 4Phillips
  • 18Ortega
  • 20Bernard Silva
  • 21Gómez
  • 24Guardiol
  • 27Nunes
  • 33Carson
  • 52Bob
  • 82Lewis


Formation 4-3-3

  • 17Leno
  • 2TeteSubstituted forChestnutsat 73′minutes
  • 31DiopBooked at 43mins
  • 13Ream
  • 33RobinsonBooked at 45mins
  • 18PereiraBooked at 69mins
  • 6Reed
  • 10CairneySubstituted forHarrisat 16′minutes
  • 8WilsonSubstituted forTraoreat 81′minutes
  • 7JimenezSubstituted forMuniz Carvalhoat 81′minutes
  • 14The Cordova ReidBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWillianat 73′minutes


  • 1Native
  • 3Bassey
  • 11Traore
  • 19Muniz Carvalho
  • 20Willian
  • 21Chestnuts
  • 30Carlos Vinícius
  • 35Francois
  • 38Harris

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