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Man City spank Burnley, Leeds triumph at Everton

2020-11-29 HKT 05:58
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  • Man City's Riyad Mahrez claims the match ball after his hat-trick against Burnley. Photo: AFP
    Man City's Riyad Mahrez claims the match ball after his hat-trick against Burnley. Photo: AFP
Manchester City shrugged off their problems in front of goal by hitting five past Burnley for the fourth consecutive clash between the two at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola's men had scored just seven goals in their previous seven Premier League games, but Riyad Mahrez's early double opened the floodgates.

Benjamin Mendy made it 3-0 before half-time and Ferran Torres got his first Premier League goal before Mahrez completed the scoring and his hat-trick.

Victory propelled City to within six points of Liverpool at the top of the table with a game in hand still to come.

"It's important for us to score goals and keep going," said Guardiola, who will hope a favourable run of fixtures over the next month can haul his side back into the title race.

Sergio Aguero was not involved for City, but Guardiola confirmed that was due to a small injury problem rather than his close family connection to Diego Maradona, who died aged 60 on Wednesday.

Aguero was previously married to and had a child with Maradona's daughter Giannina.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was reduced to tears before his side's 1-0 loss to Leeds as respects were paid to Maradona before all Premier League games this weekend with a minute's applause.

An enthralling 90 minutes followed at Goodison Park with chances aplenty for both sides despite just one goal, scored by Raphinha 11 minutes from time.

James Rodriguez and Richarlison had goals ruled out for offside before the break, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin dragged a big chance wide for Everton early in the second-half.

But it was Leeds who had the majority of the chances as Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save to deny Patrick Bamford, while Raphinha and Jack Harrison failed to hit the target with clear openings.

Raphinha finally made the breakthrough when he arrowed a low left-footed shot beyond Pickford from 25 yards to move Marcelo Bielsa's men up to 11th.

A fourth defeat in five games leaves Everton still in sixth.

And in the late game, West Brom edged fellow strugglers Sheffield United 1-0 with Connor Gallagher getting the winner. (AFP)