Erling Haaland scores sixth hat-trick of the season as Manchester City rout Burnley
Kompany endures nightmare return to Etihad
Burnley manager Vincent Kompany endured a nightmare return to Manchester City on Saturday as Erling Haaland scored his sixth hat-trick of the season in a 6-0 rout that sent Pep Guardiola’s men into the FA Cup semi-finals.
City show no mercy towards former captain
Kompany, who won four Premier League titles in an 11-year career at City as a player, was given a hero’s reception at the Etihad. But on the pitch City showed no mercy towards their former captain as Haaland took his tally for the season to 42 goals.
City remain on course for treble
Julian Alvarez also scored twice and Cole Palmer netted the other goal as City remained on course for a treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. Haaland scored five as RB Leipzig were put to the sword in a 7-0 thrashing in the Champions League in midweek.
Burnley shown gulf they have to bridge next season
Burnley are storming towards a return to the Premier League in Kompany’s first season in charge. But the Championship leaders were shown the gulf they have to bridge next season by a clinical City display.
Haaland continues incredible form at Etihad
The visitors had started the brighter of the two sides but were undone once Haaland opened the scoring by prodding home Alvarez’s pass on 32 minutes. Moments later it was 2-0 as Phil Foden was released down the left to square for Haaland to stroke home. City’s number nine completed his hat-trick on the rebound after Foden’s shot came back off the post. Haaland has now scored at least a hat-trick in six of his 19 appearances at the Etihad this season.
Alvarez’s excellent start overshadowed by Haaland
His remarkable form has overshadowed Alvarez’s excellent start to his City career.