Sadio Mane just upstaged Robbie Fowler as he scored three goals within 2 minutes and 56 seconds, 97 seconds faster than Fowler’s 1994 Hat trick for Liverpool to make his goals against a more than stunned Aston Villa the fastest Hat Trick in Premier league history. As Southampton edged closer to European football with a 6-1 win over Aston Villa
Mane opened the scoring in the 13th minute firing the ball home from iside the box after his initial shot had been saved. Less than forty seconds after putting the ball in the net, Mane was on hand to turn the ball in after Shane Long intercepted a bad pass from Ron Vlaar and took a shot which was saved by Given. The Aston Villa defense was all over the place for those three minutes and soon after kick off, Shane Long stole the ball, ran deep into the Villa area before cutting back to Mane who scored his third goal in as many minutes to create a new record and effectively end the game as a contest. Ten minutes after Mane’s display of goalscoring quality, Long got on the score sheet as he tapped the ball in following Given’s save from a Pelle shot. In the 38th minute, Long inflicted more pain on Given and Aston Villa as a curled a shot into the top right corner from 25 yards. Benteke cut the deficit back to four goals with a powerful header on the stroke of half time. Southampton slowed the tempo of the game in the second half and ensured the half was eventless until the 81st minute when Grazziano Pelle got in on the scoring act with a lovely volley.
Southampton are now hot on Liverpool’s tail as they look to steal 5th place from Liverpool and Gerrard. Aston Villa would have to pull it together if they are to stand a chance of remaining in the premier league and winning the FA cup when they take on Arsenal in the final in one week.