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.
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.
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.
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.
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.