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Haaland’s hat-trick, Alvarez’s brace and Palmer’s goal propel Manchester City into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 6-0 victory over Burnley

Haaland's hat-trick, Alvarez's brace and Palmer's goal propel Manchester City into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 6-0 victory over Burnley

Erling Haaland continues to showcase his prowess, hitting his sixth hat-trick of the season as Manchester City destroyed Burnley 6-0 to reach the FA Cup semi-finals at the Etihad Stadium.

Julian Alvarez bagged a brace, Erling Haaland secured a hat-trick, with Cole Palmer also scoring. Haaland’s rich vein of form saw him net five against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, and a Premier League winner against Crystal Palace.

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Haaland struck twice inside three minutes after the half-hour mark to deflate the visitors, and completed his second treble in four days just 14 minutes into the second half, taking his tally for the season to an incredible 42 goals. Amid a raucous Etihad atmosphere, City powered into the last four with Alvarez and Palmer also on the scoresheet. The victory guarantees City a date at Wembley next month.

Pep Guardiola welcomes City legend Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium with a handshake

Pep Guardiola welcomes City legend Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium with much respect

Etihad Stadium was packed to capacity, and the atmosphere was electric with the return of City legend Vincent Kompany, now in charge of Championship leaders Burnley. The crowd was further stirred by the ovation given to another City legend and club ambassador, Mike Summerbee, who was awarded the OBE for services to football and charity.

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City dominated possession and territory, but Burnley tenaciously squeezed space and time where they could, with Kompany urging them on. Burnley carved out the first chance, with Nathan Tella powering a low shot just outside the box.

Erling Haaland celebrating his second goal against Burnley as he thanks Foden for the assist

Erling Haaland celebrating his second goal against Burnley as he thanks Foden for the assist

The breakthrough arrived on 31 minutes through Haaland, as he chalked up his 40th strike of this incredible season. The irrepressible Haaland then doubled the advantage within three minutes. After the restart, only the outstretched leg of Burnley’s Bailey Peacock-Farrell prevented Riyad Mahrez from further extending City’s lead. Haaland completed his hat-trick on 59 minutes and guided home a rebound after a Foden shot had struck the post.

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Julian Alvarez and Cole Palmer both scored in the second half, rounding off a fantastic week for Alvarez, who signed a new contract extension. City stormed into the last four with a guaranteed date at Wembley next month.

Julian Alvarez hits the iconic Spider celebration as he doubles his name on the scoresheet against Burnley

Julian Alvarez hits the iconic Spider celebration as he doubles his name on the scoresheet against Burnley

Haaland was the man of the match, with six hat-tricks this season, more than every other Premier League player combined. His 42 goals in a debut season are a testament to his outstanding predatory prowess. The victory guarantees City a date at Wembley next month.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Arsenal 34 24 5 5 82 26 +56 77
2 Liverpool 34 22 8 4 75 34 +41 74
3 Manchester City 32 22 7 3 76 32 +44 73
4 Aston Villa 34 20 6 8 71 50 +21 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 6 8 65 49 +16 60
6 Manchester United 33 16 5 12 51 50 +1 53
7 Newcastle United 33 15 5 13 69 54 +15 50
8 West Ham United 34 13 9 12 54 63 -9 48
9 Chelsea 32 13 8 11 61 57 +4 47
10 AFC Bournemouth 34 12 9 13 49 60 -11 45
11 Brighton & Hov… 32 11 11 10 52 50 +2 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 12 7 15 46 54 -8 43
13 Fulham 34 12 6 16 50 54 -4 42
14 Crystal Palace 34 10 9 15 44 56 -12 39
15 Brentford 34 9 8 17 52 59 -7 35
16 Everton 34 11 8 15 36 48 -12 33
17 Nottingham Forest 34 7 9 18 42 60 -18 26
18 Luton Town 34 6 7 21 47 75 -28 25
19 Burnley 34 5 8 21 37 69 -32 23
20 Sheffield United 34 3 7 24 33 92 -59 16
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