AAP Soccer

City produce ominous Premier League rout

By AAP Newswire

With his team leading 5-0 after 18 minutes and threatening Premier League scoring records, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sat with his arms folded in his dugout and might even have looked a little guilty.

Whether it's in the FA Cup final or just a run-of-the mill league game, Watford just don't know how to handle the English champions.

City ended up romping to an 8-0 win on Saturday, falling just short of the heaviest margin of victory in the Premier League era (since 1992) - Manchester United's 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995.

It came four months after City beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium to complete an unprecedented domestic treble last season.

The previous season, Guardiola's team won 6-0 at Watford's Vicarage Road.

Bernardo Silva scored his first professional hat-trick and there were also goals for David Silva, Sergio Aguero (penalty), Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne at Etihad Stadium.

"What I like the most is normally when it's 5-0 at halftime, the second half is not serious, it's boring," Guardiola said.

"But we did the opposite and we were more aggressive and made a very good second half."

Tottenham Hotspur were on the good side of a tight video assistant referee call earlier this season but Mauricio Pochettino's men were on the wrong end in their 2-1 loss at Leicester City.

The visitors led courtesy of a first-half strike by Harry Kane when Serge Aurier drove a deflected shot into the bottom corner, seemingly giving them a 2-0 lead at King Power Stadium.

However, after a lengthy stoppage as the VAR took a forensic look at whether Son Heung-min was offside by millimetres in the build-up, the goal was ruled out.

In Leicester's next attack, Ricardo Pereira equalised with a deflected finish in the 69th minute and James Maddison completed Leicester's comeback by scoring from outside the area in the 85th.

Leicester moved up to third place, two points behind City and four off Liverpool, who face Chelsea on Sunday.

Socceroos Mathew Ryan and Aaron Mooy both started for Brighton & Hove Albion in a goalless draw at Newcastle United.

Norwich City conceded two goals in the first half to striker Chris Wood in their 2-0 defeat at Burnley while Sheffield United had one shot on target but still managed two goals and three points in a 2-0 win at Everton.

"It was just a ridiculous game," Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said.

"That's possibly the worst we've played all season."