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PIX: Pulisic 'tricks' Chelsea to win; City close in on Liverpool

Last updated on: October 27, 2019 00:34 IST

Images from the English Premier League matches on Saturday.

IMAGE: Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring Chelsea's third goal. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Chelsea's American forward Christian Pulisic scored his first Premier League goals for the club with a hat-trick and Willian added another in an entertaining 4-2 win at Burnley on Saturday.

 

Pulisic, who made his first league start since August 31, was on target twice in the first half and made it 3-0 with a sublime header after the break before Willian got the fourth, stretching Chelsea’s streak to seven successive wins in all competitions.

The win left Chelsea fourth on 20 points from 10 games while Burnley are 11th on 12 points after a tepid performance in their 200th Premier League fixture and 100th at Turf Moor.

IMAGE: Christian Pulisic scores Chelsea's first goal. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

The 21-year-old Pulisic, who became the youngest Chelsea player to score a hat-trick, fired the visitors ahead in the 21st minute after shaking off two defenders and doubled their advantage with a deflected shot on the stroke of halftime.

The US international capped a stellar performance in the 56th before the lively Willian fired an arrowed shot into the far corner from 12 metres after neat footwork in the area.

Chelsea then had a penalty rescinded after a VAR check before Burnley scored two late goals, as Jay Rodriguez rifled in a piledriver from 25 metres in the 86th minute and Dwight McNeil drove home a deflected effort three minutes later.

Raheem Sterling

IMAGE: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City scores his team's first goal. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Three second-half goals ensured Manchester City climbed back into second in the English Premier League after a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City struggled to get going in the first half, with Villa having several chances to break the deadlock in the pouring Manchester rain.

However, City wasted no time after regrouping at the interval, as Raheem Sterling latched onto a Gabriel Jesus flick before firing City in front just 20 seconds into the second half with his 13th goal of the season.

IMAGE: Ilkay Gundogan, centre, celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Manchester City's third goal. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Jesus then almost grabbed a quick-fire second, but Tyrone Mings cleared off the line, before Kevin De Bruyne did find the net in the 65th minute after his cross eluded everyone and arrowed into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later Ilkay Gundogan made sure of another three points for City after he reacted first to a blocked shot to scissor kick his strike into the net.

The result sees City climb back above Leicester City — after their record-equalling 9-0 victory at Southampton on Friday night — and into second, but the win was tarnished by a late red card for Fernandinho.

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