- Pep Guardiola jokingly stole Raheem Sterling match-ball after the final whistle
- Man City crushed Brighton 5-0 with the Englishman scoring a hat-trick
- The Citizens have now scored five goals in consecutive matches in the league
Pep Guardiola's men recorded an impressive 5-0 victory over Brighton in a Premier League game with Raheem Sterling a hat-trick.
The Man City attacker's third goal was a fortunate strike after he fell to the ground between defender Adam Webster and goalkeeper Matt Ryan, as the ball hit him on his head into the back of the net.
The goal was credited to the England international to complete his hat-trick on the night at The American Express Community Stadium.
Sterling scored his first from 20-yards and netted his second with a header while the third was a stroke of fortune.
And Guardiola stole the match-ball from Sterling after the final whistle as the duo shared a laugh together and the City boss said: "The 3rd goal you did not score it."
The Citizens bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Southampton at St, Mary's to score five goals in consecutive matches against Newcastle and Brighton.
"I was pleased with everything tonight - the result and the levels we reached," the City boss told Sky Sports afterwards.
"We are now at a good level and are ready to play the last games of the Premier League and in the Champions League.
"We've forgotten the Southampton result as we played incredibly well there. Football sometimes is strange. We just didn't score there. We're a team who create a lot of chances and this time we converted them."
Pep's men are the highest-scoring team in the Premier League this season with 91 goals but have conceded the title to their rivals Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that it was more of a one-sided encounter on Saturday night when hosts Brighton conceded five goals to visitors Manchester City with Raheem Sterling getting three goals.
Pep Guardiola's men move to 72 points on the table and have now confirmed their position as second while Chelsea who lost to Sheffield could move out of the top four if Leicester City and Manchester United win their next games respectively.
But City looked so bright from the first blast of the whistle and in the 21st minute, Raheem Sterling fired a low drive into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area to give his side a well deserved lead.
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