MANCHESTER, England – Gabriel Jesus had a brace on Monday to lead Manchester City 3-0 over Wolverhampton and keep the defending Premier League champions within striking distance of current leaders Liverpool.
With 53 points after 22 matches, City trail the Reds by just 4 points.
Newly promoted Wolves are 11th with 29 points, 11 above the drop zone.
Jesus opened the scoring in the 10th minute, beating Wolverhampton keeper Rui Patricio with a low drive to the delight of supporters at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.
Conceding so early unsettled the visitors and anxiety seemed to get the better of defender Willy Boly, who made a reckless challenge against City’s Bernando Silva in the 19th minute and was sent off on a straight red card.
Desperation was also behind the foul against Raheem Sterling that earned City a penalty in the 39th minute. Jesus converted from the spot to make it 2-0 and boost his goal total to seven in the last three matches.
The Brazilian scored once against Rotherham in the FA Cup and had four goals in City’s 9-0 annihilation of Burton in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal tie.
Conor Coady’s own goal in the final 20 minutes made the final score 3-0.