Sports Desk, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Manchester City’s winning streak looked to be in peril Tuesday as they entered the final 10 minutes of regulation level with Wolverhampton at 1-1, but Pep Guardiola’s men exploded for three goals to finish 4-1 and extend their run to 21 straight victories in all competitions.
City’s 15th victory in succession in the Premier League lifted them to 65 points, 15 more than second-place Manchester United.
Wolves remain 12th with 34 points.
The hosts dominated, with 73 percent possession and 10 shots on target to just one for Wolves, but they owed their early lead to an own goal by defender Leander Dendoncker, whose attempt to clear a ball sent across goal by Riyad Mahrez ended up in the Wolverhampton net.
An Aymeric Laporte goal that would have made it 2-0 was disallowed for offside and Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio thwarted Bernardo Silva in the final play before the break to keep the visitors in the game.
Patricio had to make stops against Kevin de Bruyne and Mahrez during the first 10 minutes of the first half.
As the game passed the hour mark, Wolves’ Joao Moutinho got the ball into the City box and Conor Coady headed it into the net to level the score at 1-1.
While the goal invigorated the visitors, conceding spurred City to press for a winner. Patricio denied Jesus in the 65th minute and watched Raheem Sterling fire wide on two solid chances but couldn’t keep the Brazilian from scoring with a shot from close range in the 80th.
Mahrez stretched the lead to 3-1 with a goal in the 90th minute and Jesus got a second in stoppage time.
Having already blown past the record for most consecutive wins by a top-flight club in England, City are within site of the European mark of 26 victories in a row, set in 1972 by Johan Cruyff-led Ajax.