Erling Haaland scored a perfect hat-trick within 38 minutes to make history as Manchester City crushed Nottingham Forest 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

After putting City at 2-0 with two early close-range finishes, Haaland converted a header from John Stones into nine goals in his first five Premier League games – a new league record.

Joao Cancelo then extended City’s lead with a fine effort at long range, before Julian Alvarez opened his Premier League account with two more goals on his first start.

The dominant win saw Pep Guardiola’s side maintain their unbeaten start to the new season and set an ominous marker for any challengers, while the champions were now fully up to speed.

Dean Henderson saved a reflex to put Alvarez on hold for six minutes, but he was grounded when Haaland jabbed a deflected cross from Phil Foden into the nearest post to give City a 12-minute lead.

Renan Lodi headed into the side net when it was left unmarked five minutes later, and the visitors paid for that miss when Haaland played a fine game with Foden before rolling into an empty net.

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The Norwegian then scored nine campaign goals to kill the game as the break approached, using some appalling Forest defenses to head home on the goal line after a deep free kick.

City picked up where they left off after halftime as Cancelo fired into the top left corner from the edge of the area, before Alvarez marked his first Premier League start with a goal by finishing low over Henderson when he was one-on-one.

Haaland was substituted with a standing ovation before Alvarez added his second late-on, knocking down a loose ball before landing in the top left corner to add shine to the score.

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