Brazilian Gabriel Jesus scored a poker in Manchester City's 5-1 win over Watford, just three days before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals.
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Gabriel Jesus, who had scored three goals in the Premier League until this matchday, scored four goals against a Watford side that has one foot and a half in the Championship.
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The Brazilian striker opened the scoring with a delightful finish from Oleksandr Zinchenko's fierce delivery and got his brace when he headed in Kevin de Bruyne's right-wing delivery. Before the break, Rodrigo Hernandez added to the party with a missile into the top corner.
Despite Ivorian Hassane Kamara netting for Watford in the first half, Gabriel Jesus' goal-fest could not be stopped. He made it 4-1 from the penalty spot, in what was the third 'hat trick' of his City career, following his hat trick against Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2018-19 Champions League and Dinamo Zagreb in 2019-20, and added the fourth on the counter, with a first-time shot from De Bruyne's pass.
This is the second poker of Gabriel Jesus in his Manchester City career, since his four-goal haul against Burton Albion in the League Cup semi-finals in 2018-19.
Guardiola was already thinking about Madrid
Guardiola took advantage of the comfortable scoreline to rest De Bruyne in the 57th minute, who walked off with two assists. Missing from the squad was Kyle Walker, who is a serious doubt for Tuesday with an ankle injury.
City increased the gap to four points on Liverpool, who face Everton on Sunday. Watford are second-bottom with 22 points, seven points away from safety.