MANCHESTER, England – Manchester City trounced Watford 8-0 on Saturday in what was the Citizens’ highest-ever goal-scoring effort in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s men had extra motivation at City of Manchester Stadium after a loss to Norwich City last weekend, and that sense of urgency was immediately apparent on the field.
David Silva gave the home team the lead in just the second minute when he put home a well-placed cross from Kevin De Bruyne.
The goals then came fast and furious, with Manchester City scoring four more times before 20 minutes had been played.
Sergio Aguero made the score 2-0 by converting a penalty try in the seventh minute, while Riyad Mahrez scored on a free kick and Bernardo Silva netted the first of his three goals on a header in the 15th minute.
When Nicolas Otamendi added another in the 18th minute with a finish inside the far post, Watford found themselves staring at a humiliating 5-0 deficit.
Although the barrage of goals mercifully started to wane, Manchester City scored three more times in the second half.
Silva completed his hat trick over a 12-minute span, scoring in the 48th minute on a play set up by David Silva and then one final time at the one-hour mark off a cross from De Bruyne.
After playing the role of facilitator for most of the game, De Bruyne notched a goal of his own in the 85th minute on a stunning strike into the top left corner of the goal.
With their 8-0 win, Manchester City exceeded their previous Premier League goal-scoring high mark – a 7-0 pummeling of Norwich during the 2013-2014 season.
The eight-goal margin of victory also is the widest a Manchester City club has produced in the Premier League and ties them for the second-most lopsided victory of all time in the EPL after Manchester United’s 9-0 pummeling of Ipswich Town in 1995.
“I’m going to get all the players to sign my ball and then I’ll take it home to Portugal and keep it in a special place!” Silva was quoted as saying afterward on Manchester City’s Twitter account. “After the Norwich defeat, it was great to give our fans the result and the performance.”
Second-placed Manchester City’s win provisionally moves them to within two points of league-leading Liverpool (15 points), who will visit Chelsea on Sunday in the marquee match-up of the English league’s Matchday 6.
In other Premier League action Saturday, Leicester City topped Tottenham 2-1, Burnley beat Norwich City 2-0, Sheffield United scored a 2-0 away victory over Everton and Newcastle and Brighton played to a 0-0 draw.