Erling Haaland Hits Another Hat-Trick As Manchester City Show Vincent Kompany’s Burnley No Mercy
Burnley manager Vincent Kompany endured a nightmare comeback at Manchester City on Saturday as Erling Haaland scored his sixth hat-trick of the season in a 6-0 defeat that put Pep Guardiola’s men through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Kompany, who won four Premier League titles in an 11-year career at City as a player, was given a hero’s welcome at the Etihad. But on the pitch City showed no mercy to their former captain as Haaland scored 42 goals for the season. Julián Álvarez also scored twice and Cole Palmer scored the second as City remained on course for a treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
Haaland scored five goals as RB Leipzig were thrashed 7-0 in Champions League midweek.
The Norwegian has now scored at least a hat-trick in six of his 19 appearances at the Etihad this season.
Haaland said, “It’s been some good play – important games. (To win) 7-0 and 6-0 before the break of the national team is impressive. I’m really happy.”
“I think we are in the part of the season where we should be at our best.”
Burnley are heading for a return to the Premier League in Company’s first season in charge.
But the championship leaders were shown by a clinical City display what they had to do next season.
“It’s always a place I’m proud to come back to but I’m also proud to be here with Burnley,” Kompany said.
The visitors had started the brighter of both sides, but were undone after Haaland opened the scoring on 32 minutes by parrying Alvarez’s pass.
Moments later it was 2–0 as Phil Foden was fouled to the square from the left for Haaland to stroke home.
City’s number nine completed his hat-trick on the rebound after Foden’s shot came back off the post.
His impressive form has overshadowed a promising start to Alvarez’s City career.
The Argentine World Cup winner signed an extended contract at the Etihad this week, celebrating with his own double of two assists from Kevin De Bruyne.
In half-time, Palmer scored City’s fifth with a simple tap-in after Bailey Peacock-Farrell had headed in Foden’s cross.
City are the first team to seal a place in the last four with the other three quarter-finals taking place on Sunday.
Manchester United hosts Fulham, while fourth-tier Grimsby aim to pull off another major upset at Brighton if they return to form.
A Championship side are guaranteed a place at Wembley as Sheffield United host Blackburn.
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