100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Kevin De Bruyne explains Erling Haaland goal celebration after Man City hat-trick vs Wolves
Kevin De Bruyne scored a sensational first-half hat-trick against Wolves in the Premier League, sending a message to Erling Haaland.
Wolves 1-5 Manchester City: Who needs Erling Haaland? Kevin De Bruyne fills in up front and smashes four goals
In a week when Manchester City signed one of the world’s most exciting strikers, Kevin De Bruyne filled in up…
Man City go three points clear after four-goal De Bruyne masterclass
London (AFP) - Kevin De Bruyne produced a four-goal masterclass as Manchester City thrashed Wolves 5-1 to move three points…
Celtic seal Scottish title, Wolves 1-5 Man City, Leeds 0-3 Chelsea: clockwatch – as it happened
Clockwatch: Kevin De Bruyne lead Man City past Wolves, Leeds crumbled at home to Chelsea and Celtic were crowned champions
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Kevin De Bruyne strikes Erling Haaland celebration pose after scoring Man City hat-trick vs Wolves
It seems as though it's not just Manchester City fans who are excited about the Norway striker's arrival
Premier League round-up: Chelsea push Leeds towards drop as Everton edge away from relegation zone
Chelsea got their Champions League bid back on track and left 10-man Leeds deeper in the relegation mire with a…
Get all your news in one place
Latest Sport news:
Newcastle Olympic put five past Maitland in much-needed win: NPLW NNSW round 9
Jemma House made her return.
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
'Very Happy' Mbappe Snubs Real Madrid to Stay at PSG
Kylian Mbappe said he was "very happy" to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after the club announced that the World Cup…
Liverpool vs Wolves live stream: How can I watch Premier League game live on TV in UK today?
Liverpool will be forgiven for having an eye elsewhere as they host Wolves on the final day of the Premier…
Manchester City vs Aston Villa live stream: How can I watch Premier League game live on TV in UK today?
Manchester City know the Premier League title race is very much in their own hands as they host Aston Villa…
Chelsea FC XI vs Watford: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Premier League today
Mason Mount should return to the Chelsea starting XI as the Blues host Watford on the final day of the…
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Runner Collapses, Dies after Brooklyn Half-Marathon
A 30-year-old man crossing the finish line at the Brooklyn Half Marathon collapsed and died Saturday morning, officials in New…
F1 set to group races by region in 2023 calendar reshuffle
Formula 1 is planning to group more races by region in 2023 in an effort to improve its sustainability credentials…

De Bruyne impersonates Haaland with 4-goal burst, ‘Zen’ pose

By AP

With his four-goal burst and the "Zen" celebration, Kevin de Bruyne did his best impersonation of a future Manchester City teammate.

Erling Haaland is joining City next season as one of the most sought-after strikers in world football and even he would be hard-pressed to produce the kind of finishing demonstrated by Kevin de Bruyne in a 5-1 rout of Wolverhampton to maintain City's Premier League title charge on Wednesday.

After the Belgium midfielder completed his hat trick—his first for City—by the 24th minute, he celebrated with the "Zen" pose made famous by Haaland in recent years at Borussia Dortmund.

De Bruyne said it wasn't necessarily a nod to Haaland—"I just did it because I'd scored three," he said—but they already appear to be on the same wavelength. That is for the future, though.

The short term is all about retaining the title, and City restored its three-point lead over Liverpool with the win at Molineux. Pep Guardiola's team needs four points from its final two games—against West Ham and Aston Villa—to guarantee first place but its superior goal difference of 7 might mean three points is now enough.

Problems in defence for Guardiola

City might be running out of defenders, however, after Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho—a midfielder who filled in at center back—came off with what Guardiola described as "problems." Center backs Ruben Dias and John Stones as well as right back Kyle Walker are already out for the rest of the season because of injury.

Guardiola does, though, have Kevin de Bruyne in sublime form.

"In the second part of the league, he has been beyond perfect," Guardiola said. "He was always a guy who is so generous and has the sense to make an assist, but I think this season he has the sense to be prolific and score goals."

Kevin de Bruyne, who also struck a shot against the post late in the second half, said the title race with Liverpool is "crazy". "The standard we both set, you can only respect it," he said.

"Both teams have the ultimate respect. We play hard, it's the only thing we can do."

Leeds, Burnley, Everton locked in relegation fight

It was also a big night at the bottom of the standings, with 10-man Leeds losing 3-0 to Chelsea to remain in the relegation zone in third-to-last place and Everton drawing 0-0 at Watford to move two points clear of the drop zone.

Just like in its 2-1 loss at Arsenal on Sunday, Leeds was hampered by another first-half red card because of a reckless tackle—this time by winger Dan James.

Already trailing from Mason Mount's fourth-minute goal, Leeds was reduced to 10 men in the 24th when James made a wild lunge on the ankle of Mateo Kovacic.

Leeds' American coach, Jesse Marsch, couldn't hide his frustration on the sidelines and Chelsea made his team pay, with Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku adding second-half goals.

"We have to be aggressive against the ball," Marsch said. "We have to try to win balls and sometimes now we've been a little too aggressive in certain situations and that has cost us."

Leeds is behind Burnley on goal difference having played one game more, with its remaining two games against Brighton and Brentford.

Kovacic is likely to miss the FA Cup final against Liverpool on Saturday, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said.

Vardy’s double against Norwich

Jamie Vardy scored twice to help Leicester beat last-place Norwich 3-0. Leicester snapped a seven-game winless run in all competitions and moved into 10th place.

Norwich has already been relegated along with Watford.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Kevin De Bruyne explains Erling Haaland goal celebration after Man City hat-trick vs Wolves
Kevin De Bruyne scored a sensational first-half hat-trick against Wolves in the Premier League, sending a message to Erling Haaland.
Wolves 1-5 Manchester City: Who needs Erling Haaland? Kevin De Bruyne fills in up front and smashes four goals
In a week when Manchester City signed one of the world’s most exciting strikers, Kevin De Bruyne filled in up…
Man City go three points clear after four-goal De Bruyne masterclass
London (AFP) - Kevin De Bruyne produced a four-goal masterclass as Manchester City thrashed Wolves 5-1 to move three points…
Celtic seal Scottish title, Wolves 1-5 Man City, Leeds 0-3 Chelsea: clockwatch – as it happened
Clockwatch: Kevin De Bruyne lead Man City past Wolves, Leeds crumbled at home to Chelsea and Celtic were crowned champions
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Kevin De Bruyne strikes Erling Haaland celebration pose after scoring Man City hat-trick vs Wolves
It seems as though it's not just Manchester City fans who are excited about the Norway striker's arrival
Premier League round-up: Chelsea push Leeds towards drop as Everton edge away from relegation zone
Chelsea got their Champions League bid back on track and left 10-man Leeds deeper in the relegation mire with a…
Get all your news in one place