Raheem Sterling was the star man at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, as the England international registered a first half treble which helped Manchester City in their 5-1 demolition of AFC Bournemouth.
Wilfred Bony also showed what he can do if given the chance as he netted a brace in another big win for the Citizens.
Bournemouth came into Saturday’s tie devastated as they were dealt a blow shortly before kickoff when first-choice keeper Artur Boruc pulled up, resulting in summer signing Adam Federici coming in for his first league appearance.
It turned out a nightmare show for Federici who under seven minutes already conceded a goal as Sterling pounced on Pablo Zabaleta’s cut-back to fire the Citizens into an early lead.
Things got even worse for stand-in stopper Federici moments on as his howler gave Wilfried Bony a chance to double City’s lead.
The Cherries did rally to pull a goal back but Sterling continued his amazing display scoring two more goals before half time to thus complete his first hat trick as a City player.
The second half was less eventful but Bony put the icing on the cake with the fifth goal of the game to give the Citizens yet another big win.