City beat West Ham, Haaland sets new EPL scoring record

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Erling Haaland has set a new Premier League goalscoring record as title favourites Manchester City reclaimed top spot with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham United.

The prolific Norwegian raced through for league goal number 35 of the campaign - surpassing the previous best mark held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer - on 70 minutes as City eased to victory at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

His sweet left-footed chip over Lukasz Fabianksi came after Nathan Ake had headed City in front on 50 minutes and before Phil Foden wrapped up victory with a deflected long-range volley.

The win took the treble-chasing champions one point above Arsenal at the summit and, with a game in hand, they seem to be cruising towards a fifth title in six years.

"A special night and special moment. Yeah I'm really happy and proud," Haaland told Sky Sports.

"Of course I knew about it. Of course but we try to create the chances to score goals. It was not easy.

"I will go home now and play some video games, eat something and then sleep. That's what I'll do and tomorrow we have to start thinking about Leeds. That's my life."

The victory came 25 years to the day after City were relegated to the third tier of English football in one of the lowest points of the club's history.

City - perhaps with next week's trip to Real Madrid in the Champions League in mind - were far from their energetic best.

The breakthrough came five minutes after halftime as Riyad Mahrez clipped a free kick to the back post and Ake stole in to head past Fabianski.

Haaland appealed for a penalty after going down under a Thilo Kehrer challenge but nothing was given.

The striker was not to be denied, however, as he was released by the hard-working Jack Grealish and calmly lobbed over Fabianski.

With the job done, City eased towards the final whistle and Foden had the final word with a well-struck volley from distance that flew in off Emerson Palmieri.

It was City's 1000th goal in all competitions under Pep Guardiola and wrapped up an excellent night's work.

An Anfield, Liverpool turned up the pressure on Manchester United with a 1-0 victory over Fulham moving them four points off fourth place as Mohamed Salah's winner edged him even closer to a Steven Gerrard record.

There was none of the drama or histrionics of Sunday's 4-3 win over Tottenham in bringing up a fifth successive Premier League victory for the first time since April last year.

Salah's 39th-minute penalty, his second in successive games after back-to-back misses, took him to 185 goals for the club, one behind Gerrard, while also going fifth on the club's list of all-time league scorers with 136.

The Reds are, however, still relying on United to drop points in the race for the final Champions League spot as their arch-rivals have two matches in hand, starting at Brighton on Thursday.