Man City 6-0 Burnley: Erling Haaland scores last hat-trick in miserable return for Vincent Kompany

The prolific Norwegian followed up his five-goal win over RB Leipzig with his sixth treble of the season on Tuesday as City ruthlessly put the Clarets to the sword at the Etihad Stadium.

World Cup winner Julian Alvarez celebrated his new contract with a brace and 20-year-old Cole Palmer also made the scorer’s list as former City captain Kompany suffered a miserable return to his old homeland.

Much of the pre-game preparation revolved around Kompany, who won 10 major trophies in a glittering playing career with City and has a statue outside the stadium.

Of course he was well received by the home fans, but his former team didn’t show him any kindness and until the final whistle the headlines revolved around Haaland again.

The 22-year-old has now scored an impressive 42 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season.

It’s been a miserable return to the Etihad Stadium for Burnley boss and Man City icon Vincent Kompany

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Championship leaders Burnley started confidently and Stefan Ortega was almost caught when he was pushed into a pass and gifted the ball to Ian Maatsen.

Rico Lewis ran back to ward off danger, and Ortega made up some moments later when he blocked a long-range shot from Nathan Tella.

But as uncomfortable as City looked in their own half at times, they were confident and adept at the other end.

Burnley escaped when Haaland misdirected a header from a Phil Foden cross and Jordan Beyer needed a good tackle to stop an Alvarez shot.

City’s quality was such that they could punish Burnley at any time and a quick Haaland double just after half an hour put the game past the Clarets.

Haaland was served by Alvarez on the edge of the box and, despite Bailey Peacock-Farrell charging out, he instinctively put the ball past the keeper.

It was a smart ending, but his next one moments later was even sweeter.

This time Foden was the provider after a charge down the left. His low ball into the area curled invitingly for Haaland and he cleared it over Peacock-Farrell.

Burnley tried to react and Maatsen forced Ortega into a good save just before the break but City and Haaland were in no mood to back down.

Peacock-Farrell blocked a Riyad Mahrez volley and then smashed away a Haaland punch, but he couldn’t stem the tide for long.

Haaland completed his treble just before the hour mark when, as usual, he was in the right place at the right time to pounce on a rebound after Foden hit the post.

He didn’t give Peacock-Farrell a chance as he shot home and the score quickly went 4-0 as Kevin De Bruyne charged into the area and aimed for Alvarez to knock home.

As in the middle of the week, Haaland was substituted in the 63rd minute. That meant his contribution for the week totaled eight goals from just 126 minutes of action.

There was still no respite for Burnley when Foden’s cross was shoved in Palmer’s path and the substitute relented.

The sixth followed shortly after as Alvarez sped onto a through ball from De Bruyne and spun into Ameen Al-Dakhil to bat for home.

City weathered the last few minutes and can now look forward to another trip to Wembley next month. Man City 6-0 Burnley: Erling Haaland scores last hat-trick in miserable return for Vincent Kompany

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