BERNARDO SILVA banged a hat-trick as record-breaking Manchester City smashed Watford 8-0 at the Etihad.
It was the perfect response from Pep Guardiola’s troops following their shock 3-2 loss at Norwich last weekend.
And the ball started rolling with less than a minute on the clock when David Silva pinged the ball Ben Foster in the visitors’ goal.
Fast-forward just 17 minutes and the Premier League were 5-0 up, and setting a new record to boot.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi were the players to fire past poor Ben Foster in the away goal.
Blackburn Rovers held the previous record of scoring five goals in 24 minutes when they beat Sheffield Wednesday in 1997.
Arsenal rattled up that number of goals in 26 minutes in 2003 against Southampton, while the Saints were also on the wrong end against Everton in 1996 after just 35 minutes.
Only three teams have EVER been five goals to the good up at half time.
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These were Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 up at home to Bolton in 1997, with Man City 6-1 up against Burnley in 2010 and Liverpool up by the same score against Stoke in 2015.
City went in at the break five goals to the good – and showed in the second half they weren’t prepared to settle for just that.
Bernardo Silva scored another two to complete his hat-trick and then Belgian magician Kevin De Bruyne fired home number eight.
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