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Mahrez nets hat-trick as City smash Burnley

London, Nov 28 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/28/2020 11:52:03 AM IST

Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick as Manchester City hammered Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday -- the fourth straight time Pep Guardiola’s side have beaten the Clarets at home by that scoreline.

The Algerian set City on its way in the sixth minute, finishing off a flowing passing move with his trademark cut in from the left and drive into the far corner.

There was a similar finish for the second after Mahrez picked up the ball in space in the area after Burnley had been caught out by a quick throw in.

Benjamin Mendy made it 3-0 in the 41st, volleying home at the back post after a fine cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

Burnley enjoyed some relief from the pressure after the break with Jay Rodriguez forcing a save out of Ederson with a well-struck effort from a tight angle. 

But Ferran Torres then added the fourth goal, slotting home after the overlapping Kyle Walker had found Gabriel Jesus in the box and the Brazilian flicked it to his Spanish team mate to confidently convert.

Mahrez completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute, heading home a Phil Foden cross, and it could have been 6-0 had an effort from Jesus not been ruled out for offside by VAR and a shot from De Bruyne not crashed against the post.

Liverpool denied win by late penalty at Brighton 
Pascal Gross’ controversial injury-time penalty rescued a deserved draw for Brighton, although Liverpool still went top of the Premier League.
It was Brighton’s second penalty of the game after Neal Maupay fired a first-half spot-kick wide at the Amex Stadium.
The Reds thought they had taken the lead when Mohamed Salah latched onto a Roberto Firmino ball before firing home, but it was disallowed for offside by the video assistant referee.
Diogo Jota broke the deadlock, with his ninth goal since joining the Reds, as he received Salah’s pass before going past two defenders and firing into the bottom corner.
Substitute Sadio Mane believed he had sealed the game with a late header for Liverpool but that was also ruled out by the VAR for offside.
And they were made to pay when Andy Robertson kicked Danny Welbeck’s boot - with Stuart Attwell awarding the penalty after viewing the screen - and Gross slamming the equaliser down the centre.
Liverpool coach  Jurgen Klopp was furious with the officials as they walked off the pitch, although he agreed after the game it was the right decision.
The visitors lost James Milner to a hamstring injury, while Brighton had to replace both Maupay and Adam Lallana, who had only been on the pitch for eight minutes.
Liverpool boss Klopp had been critical of the TV broadcasters for placing this game on a Saturday lunchtime because they had a Champions League game on Wednesday.
The defending champions go one point above Tottenham, who visit Chelsea on Sunday. 
Brighton remain 16th, five points ahead of 17th-placed Burnley.

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