Erling Haaland broke the Premier League single-season scoring record as Manchester City moved back to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over West Ham.

David Moyes’ side had made it difficult for the reigning champions at the Etihad Stadium. It was goalless at half-time. But Nathan Ake headed City in front early in the second before Haaland had his moment, chipping Lukasz Fabianski for his 35th of the season.

The goal moved him clear of Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole as the first man to hit that mark in the Premier League era – with five games to spare too. Substitute Phil Foden made the win even more emphatic when his deflected strike made it three late in the game.

Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea on the previous evening had been a reminder to Pep Guardiola’s side that there was little room for complacency as they chase this Premier League title. They are hoping it will be the first part of an historic treble for the club.

This win moves them a step closer, restoring their one-point lead at the top with a game in hand. For West Ham, a third consecutive defeat means there is work still to do to guarantee their safety. There will be easier nights than this to claim the points they need.



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