A second-half Raheem Sterling hat-trick gave Manchester City a 3-1 victory against Watford at the Etihad, on Saturday March 9th. The victory leaves Pep Guardiola's side four points clear, at the top of the Premier League, as second placed Liverpool host Burnley on Sunday March 10.
City dominated much of the first half but failed to breakthrough Watford's dogged defence. David Silva and Sergio Aguero both came close to scoring but saw their headers go inches wide of the post.
At the start of the second half, the hosts took the lead in controversial circumstances. Ilkay Gundogan's ball over the top was flicked on by Aguero, Daryl Janmaat and Sterling competed for the ball, but the defender clearance cannoned off the Manchester City forward's shin and flew into the back-of-the-net.
Sterling looked offside from the flick on and the linesman correctly flagged, but after a long discussion with his assistant referee, Paul Tierney, overruled the decision giving City the goal.
The England forward got his second goal just a few minutes later. A lovely passage of play led to Riyad Mahrez crossing the ball from the right-hand side allowing Sterling to tap in to double City's advantage.
Sterling completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark. The 24-year-old ran onto David Silva's through ball before striking past Watford goalkeeper, Ben Foster, to end any hopes of a comeback.
The Hornets managed to pull a goal back in the 66th minute. Substitute Troy Deeney flicked on a long ball for fellow substitute Gerard Deulofeu, who flicked the ball past City goalkeeper Ederson.
The goal did not lead to a fightback as Pep Guardiola's men held on for a comfortable victory and extended their lead at the top of the Premier League.