Wolves vs Man City LIVE score and goal updates as De Bruyne scores 17-minute hat-trick

Manchester City can take another step closer to the Premier League title tonight but face a tricky assignment at Molineux against Wolves.

City are level on points with Liverpool going into the game, but lead on goal difference, having played a game more. They can restore their three-point gap with a win at Wolves, with just seven points from their last three games needed to win the title. Wolves drew with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out, though, and have proven tough opponents for City in recent years, so this will be far from a straightforward fixture.

Pep Guardiola will be without Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias for the last three games, while Nathan Ake is a doubt. He trained on Tuesday, and will be assessed before kick-off to determine whether he is fit enough to play.

Much of the build-up to this game will focus on Erling Haaland, with City confirming a deal for the prolific striker on Tuesday. Guardiola said he ‘wasn’t allowed’ to talk about Haaland in his press conference – before the deal was announced – so will give his first thoughts on the signing this evening.

Follow below for pre-match build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from Molineux.

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HT – Wolves 1-3 CityJoe Bray

Landmark for De Bruyne

And he’s already passed it!

HT – Wolves 1-3 CityStuart Brennan

Half-time ratings

Ederson – Calm and controlled 7

Cancelo – On the front foot 7

Fernandinho – Superb passing from the back 7

The door – Superb recovery tackle 7

Zinchenko – Brilliant attacking, defensive grit 8

Rodri – Keeping City secure and fluent 7

Gundogan – Dropped deep, working well 7

De Bruyne – Utterly sensational 10

Sterling – Complete threat, occasional lapse 8

bernardo – Great KDB support act 8

Foden – Moments of sheer class 8

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne celebrates completing his hat-trick against Wolves (Image: AFP via Getty)

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Half-time

Just before the break, City wanted a penalty as De Bruyne got through on the left and tee-ed up Raheem Sterling, who took some contact from Ait-Nouri and goes down, but it was nowhere near enough for a spot kick.

The whistle goes after a Wolves corner, and City are in full control here thanks to the sheer brilliance of Kevin De Bruyne. He’s taken the Erling Haaland news very personally.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City scores his third goal against Wolves

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Into added time

Just two minutes to be added.

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De Bruyne drags wide

Kevin De Bruyne drags a shot wide from 20 yards. Rubbish player, overrated.

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City can’t get complacent

This game is still frantic, so City can’t afford to get complacent. That two-goal cushion helps in that regard though as they have room to slow things down if they are caught out.

At the minute though, they look more likely to bag a fourth.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City scores his third goal against Wolves

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penalty shout

Aleks Zinchenko just about pokes the ball away from Chiquinho in the box, but he’s got a hold of the winger and it’s clumsy from the City man.

VAR have a look and he gets away with it.

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Watch De Bruyne’s third goal

It’s a goal that gets better every time you watch it. So much quality from a player keen to show he’s still the main man in this team.

And… is that an Erling Haaland celebration?

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It’s him again

You’re at the point where you’re thinking surely De Bruyne isn’t the story again?!

But he is, as he has been for the majority of games in the second half of the season. When he is on form, there really is no stopping him and if anyone is taking City to this title it is their Belgian talismanic.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Wolves (Picture: Manchester City)

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Irresistible and unstoppable

‘It’s irresistible from Man City, bordering on unstoppable,’ says the Sky Sports commentators.

‘Champions of England, you know what we are,’ sing the City fans.

The first assessment is absolutely true, the second one is getting closer and closer.

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Hat-trick for De Bruyne!

wow. This is the best of the lot.

He picks up a loose ball, drives towards goal and curls an unstoppable left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

A 24-minute hat-trick from a sensational player.

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Watch De Bruyne’s second

Nobody was stopping him.

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De Bruyne can’t stop

He’s a man who can’t stop making or scoring goals.

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City still ropey on the break

Wolves have hurt City so many times on the counter in recent seasons, and they might have thought the fact Adama Traore had left might make things easier.

Not so – this makeshift back four is susceptible to pace and they were brutally exposed for Dendoncker’s goal.

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KDB again!!

City are back ahead!

De Bruyne lifts the ball into the path of Raheem Sterling in the box. Jose Sa blocks, and De Bruyne is following up to convert the rebound.

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Watch Dendoncker’s equalizer

City cut open.

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Watch De Bruyne’s early goal

Who needs a striker, again?

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Equalizer for Wolves

It’s level.

Raul Jimenez gets clear on the left, feeds Neto, and he waits for the run of Leander Dendoncker, who finishes well from 12 yards.

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Great tackle!

Chiquinho, the Wolves wide-man making his first start, gets past Aymeric Laporte, but the centre-back gets back perfectly and slides the ball out for a corner. That’s just about dealt with.

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De Bruyne scores!

What a lovely goal.

City push high, win back the keeper’s clearance. Kevin De Bruyne flicks to Bernardo Silva, who plucks it out of the air and feeds a lovely ball into the run of De Bruyne into the area. And the left-footed finish across Jose Sa is one Erling Haaland would be proud of.

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City’s early shape

City are pressing as a front four, with Bernardo, De Bruyne, Foden and Sterling all pushing up with Gundogan and Rodri holding.

The front four are regularly moving between each other two, making things more difficult for the Wolves backline to get a handle on what to expect.

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Chance!

Kevin De Bruyne whips in a cross along the six yard box but Phil Foden can’t react quick enough as it passes the defender in front of him. Close.

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Boos for City

There are boos for City in possession as they kick off. Wolves may have little left to play for this season but their fans aren’t about to make it easy for opponents as they expect a better performance than in recent weeks.

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Kick off!

Off we go then.

The players take the knee and we’re underway.

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Teams out

Looks a good atmosphere at Molineux. City are in their all white away kit.

Joe Bray

Light show at Wolves

There’s a light show at Wolves, but you can barely tell as there’s a glorious Spring-evening sunset providing plenty of natural light anyway.

The teams will be out shortly.

Stuart Brennan

Plenty of sub-plots tonight

With goal difference potentially crucial this season, City have really upped their game in recent weeks, winning the last four league games by an aggregate of 17-1.

That has seen them overhaul Liverpool, and now it’s a question of maintaining the points gap or, if they drop points, keeping the goal difference advantage intact.

Riyad Mahrez on the Molineux pitch before Manchester City’s match vs Wolves (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty)

Simon Bajkowski

Ederson can have one hand on Golden Glove

Liverpool’s failure to keep a clean sheet in their last two matches has allowed Ederson to close the gap on Alisson as City’s No.1 searches for a third consecutive Golden Glove award.

The pair are tied on 20 ahead of tonight’s game – which City have in hand over Liverpool.

Manchester City’s Ederson. (Image: Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Joe Bray

Guardiola speaks on Haaland

Not giving much away in his pre-match interview. He also spoke about Fernandinho’s role vs Wolves.

Joe Bray

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