Gabriel Jesus scored four times as Manchester City kept the Premier League title race in their own hands by thrashing Watford 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

The Brazilian opened his account with a fourth-minute goal, slotting home from Oleksandr Zinchenko’s low cross before Kevin De Bruyne’s sensational delivery set him up for a second in the 23rd minute.

Hassane Kamara’s first goal for Watford halved the deficit just five minutes later to give Roy Hodgson’s side hope.

Rodri restored City’s two-goal advantage before the break with a thunderous shot into the top corner after Jesus found him on the edge of the area.

Jesus’ hat-trick came just seconds after the restart after Manchester City were awarded a penalty.

The 25-year-old Brazil international was not done yet, rounding off a superb team move soon afterwards when he ran on to a De Bruyne pass.

The victory moves Pep Guardiola’s side four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Manchester City will switch their attention to Europe as they host Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. Watford, meanwhile, host fellow strugglers Burnley next Saturday.

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