Manchester City thrashed Watford 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium, keeping the Premier League title chase in their own hands. Gabriel Jesus scored four goals.
After Hassane Kamara drew one back for the Hornets midway through the first half, Jesus scored twice in 23 minutes, with Rodri hammering home a shocking third.
Within eight minutes of the restart, Jesus scored twice more as relegation-threatened Watford crumbled, first winning and converting a penalty and then sweeping home from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
All eyes will now be on Anfield on Sunday, as championship contenders Liverpool will try to maintain up with Pep Guardiola’s side by defeating Everton.
After latching onto Joao Cancelo’s overhit ball, Jesus took just four minutes to give City the lead, turning home Oleksandr Zinchenko’s powerful left-wing cross.
When Ben Foster got down brilliantly to push away Cancelo’s left-footed drive 10 minutes later, City almost extended their lead, but Jesus was on hand to get his second when he met De Bruyne’s wonderful right-wing cross with a strong header.
Watford halved the deficit when Kamara raced through to force a left-footed drive into the bottom-right corner, but Rodri restored the two-goal margin with a magnificent 25-yard volley into the top-left corner after 34 minutes.
Jesus then completed his hat-trick four minutes into the second half, rolling home a penalty after being tripped by Foster while chasing down a weak clearing, and added a spectacular fourth four minutes later when he converted De Bruyne’s cut-back.
Late on, Riyad Mahrez could have added a sixth goal with a crazy right-footed drive, but City held on for an unprecedented 15th straight victory over Watford.