Riyad Mahrez throws a hat-trick in Manchester City’s rout against Burnley | Soccer


Manchester City ended their meager Premier League scoring comeback in style. Having scored just 10 goals in eight previous matches, this was Pep Guardiola’s side at their best.Riyad Mahrez was the star of the tour with a hat-trick in the 69th minute, his header created by the astute dink of Phil Foden, the youngster having entered only moments before. With Liverpool dropping two points earlier in the day, the victory closes City six points behind the champions, having played one game less.

Despite starring against Olympiakos, Foden started as a substitute, alongside Raheem Sterling, while Sergio Agüero was not in the 18 as City hosted visitors who couldn’t look at recent history for a helping hand. Guardiola’s side had beaten Burnley by a total of 15-0 in their last three outings here and today City only needed six minutes to open the proceedings.

James Tarkowski’s free pass that went to Rodri was punished because the latter fed Ferran Torres. Suddenly City were in place as Kevin De Bruyne took possession of Mahrez and his left foot past Bailey Peacock-Farrell was precise.

After an unfortunate clearance from Rúben Dias was not taken advantage of a corner, the Clarets were again in disarray. Once again, City walked through them easily. Benjamin Mendy turned the ball on the pitch to Ilkay Gündogan, the German chip took out Burnley’s rearguard, and there was Mahrez although his header failed to find Gabriel Jesus.


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