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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Riyad Mahrez (6', 22', 69')
  • Benjamin Mendy (41')
  • Ferrán Torres (66')

Mahrez bags first Man City hat trick in rout against Burnley

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Michallik: Things are falling into place for Guardiola & Man City (1:18)

Janusz Michallik believes Pep Guardiola and Manchester are finding their footing after a 5-0 win vs. Burnley. (1:18)

Riyad Mahrez scored his first hat trick for Manchester City as they cruised to a comfortable 5-0 victory against Burnley on Saturday.

Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres also got themselves on the scoresheet to complete the rout at the Etihad.

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The result sees Pep Guardiola's side move into the top half of the table into eighth place while Burnley remain a point above the relegation zone.

Burnley also lost 5-0 at City last season in the Premier League, in the FA Cup in January, 2019 and in the league in 2018.

City opened the scoring in the first five minutes with Kevin De Bruyne setting up Mahrez inside the area to score.

Mahrez grabbed his second with a brilliant solo goal after he received a throw-in from Kyle Walker and danced past two defenders and finished with a curling shot.

The hosts thought they scored a third moments later but Torres' header was ruled out for offside.

City did make it 3-0 just before the break after De Bruyne contributed another assist and Mendy volleyed in his cross.

Torres grabbed City's fourth after 66 minutes before Mahrez completed his hat trick with a header two minutes later.

City thought they scored a sixth goal through a Bailey Peacock-Farrell own goal but VAR ruled it out after Gabriel Jesus was offside.

"It was important to come back with a victory in the Premier League," Guardiola said after the match. "One more game.

"We play a lot of games, so to play 90 minutes and maintain a good level is not easy but there are always things to improve on."

The victory also sees Guardiola reach 1,000 points during his managerial career with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester United 17 +10 36
2 Liverpool 17 +16 33
3 Manchester City 16 +12 32
4 Leicester City 17 +10 32
5 Everton 17 +7 32
6 Tottenham Hotspur 17 +14 30
7 Southampton 17 +7 29
8 Aston Villa 15 +13 26
9 Chelsea 17 +11 26
10 West Ham United 17 +3 26
11 Arsenal 18 +1 24
12 Leeds United 17 -3 23
13 Crystal Palace 18 -7 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -7 22
15 Newcastle United 17 -9 19
16 Burnley 16 -12 16
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 -8 14
18 Fulham 16 -10 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 17 -28 8
20 Sheffield United 18 -20 5