A hat-trick from Mason Mount propelled Chelsea to a 7-0 win over bottom side Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, extending their lead at the top of the table.
Mount opened Chelsea’s account when he sent the ball low into the net after a layoff from Jorginho in a move started down the left by the ever-busy Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 20-year-old Hudson-Odoi earned his own reward 11 minutes later when he latched on to a pinpoint throughball from Mateo Kovacic and held his nerve to fire home past the outstretched leg of Norwich keeper Tim Krul.
A third Chelsea Academy product got on the scoresheet three minutes before halftime when Mount slid the ball into the path of Reece James and the wing-back produced a delicious chip over the advancing Krul.
It took 12 minutes of the second half for Chelsea’s, now purring, machine to score again when left back Ben Chilwell sent a Kovacic pass across the face of the goal and into the back of the net past a despairing Krul.
Norwich, who have failed to win a game this season and have scored just two goals, were in disarray and then suffered the indignity of an own goal from Max Aarons in the 62nd and a sending off for Ben Gibson after a second yellow card two minutes later.
Krul saved a penalty from Mount late in the game but VAR showed he had moved off his line and when the kick was retaken in the 85th minute Mount made no mistake. Mount capped off a fine performance with a tap in from a Ruben Loftus-Cheek pass in the 91st.
Phil Foden’s reaction
Phil Foden spoke to Sky Sports after the game about his goals and playing in a newforward role for the champions. He said:
Phil Foden scores twice as masterful Manchester City ease to win at Brighton
Brighton were much better after the interval and arguably deserved more than the consolation given to them from the penalty spot by Alexis Mac Allister, with Riyad Mahrez striking late on as City left the south coast with a 4-1 win.
The Seagulls responded in the second half but were swept aside 4-1 by the Premier League champions.
Brighton v Man City: Five things we learned as Phil Foden stars in another big win for Pep Guardiola
The Citizens leapfrogged Liverpool thanks to a display full of creativity in attack, precision in their passing and composure all over the pitch. The visitors started quickly and their inventiveness led to three first-half goals which killed the game before Brighton knew what had hit them.
Brighton 1-4 Man City: Foden hits two as Mahrez and Gundogan also net for City
City batter Brighton to go second
Brighton conceded as many goals today as they had in their previous seven Premier League games combined.
They let in four goals for the first time in 43 Premier League games, since a 4-2 loss against Everton in October 2020.
City beat Brighton to move second
That win means Manchester City move ahead of Liverpool and into second place. They’re two points behind leaders Chelsea but Liverpool have the chance to overtake them when they face Manchester United tomorrow.
Brighton remain fourth but with United, Tottenham and West Ham all playing tomorrow they may drop out of the top four but the end of the weekend.
Full-time: Brighton 1 - 4 Man City
90+6 mins: An impressive performance from Manchester City moves them up to second in the table just two points behind leaders Chelsea. Phil Foden was the star of the day but Brighton aquitted themselves well in the second half after a shocking first 45 minutes.
GOAL! Brighton 1 - 4 Man City (Mahrez, 90+5’)⚽️
90+5 mins: Icing on the cake! Brighton fail to deal with a cross and the ball comes to Fernandinho on the edge of the box. He slots it to Foden who sets up Mahrez arriving from the right. Mahrez takes a touch to control the ball and then sweeps it past Sanchez to give City a fourth.
Brighton 1 - 3 Man City
90+3 mins: Foden is denied again but this time by Veltman. City win a corner and Foden knocks it short to De Bruyne. He works it back to Fernandinho who gives it to Rodri. City are in no rush to work the ball forward now. They’re happy to keep possession.
Brighton 1 - 3 Man City
90 mins: Five minutes of added time to play. Foden has come alive again since De Bruyne has come on. A couple of times now he’s been played into the box by the midfielder and Sanchez has come to Brighton’s rescue. Foden still needs another goal to get a hat-trick.
Brighton 1 - 3 Man City
87 mins: Riyad Mahrez comes on to replace Gabriel Jesus who is encouraged to hurry his way off the pitch by the referee. You wouldn’t think City had a two-goal cushion with the ways they’re trying to waste time.
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