Football

Mahrez hat-trick as Man City thrash Burnley

Riyad Mahrez's opener for City was his 100th goal involvement in the Premier League (59 goals, 41 assists)

Riyad Mahrez scored his first Manchester City hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side beat Burnley 5-0 at Etihad Stadium for the fourth time in a row.

The Algerian curled two first-half efforts into the corner to ease any concerns about a perceived City scoring drought.

Benjamin Mendy drove home Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his first City goal before half-time and Ferran Torres turned home his first Premier League goal after the break following a brief period of Burnley pressure.

Mahrez steered the hosts to their biggest win of the season by completing his first treble since scoring all three for Leicester City in a victory at Swansea City in December 2015 as the Foxes marched towards the title.

It could have been worse for visitors Burnley – and their keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who was making his Premier League debut with first-choice Nick Pope missing because of injury.

In addition to De Bruyne slamming a shot against a post in the final minute, Torres and Gabriel Jesus both had goals disallowed for offside – with both having involved major mistakes from the Northern Ireland keeper.

“It was important to come back with a victory in the Premier League,” said City boss Guardiola, whose side had lost 2-0 to Tottenham in their previous league 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.

“It’s important for our people to score goals and it is a chance for them to keep playing.”