Foden’s hat-trick against Brentford moves Manchester City into second place

Foden's hat-trick against Brentford moves Manchester City into second place

On Monday night, Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Brentford.

The victory allowed City to take advantage of Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat against Arsenal and pull within two points of the leaders.

The triple champions were surprised when Neal Maupay latched onto Mark Flekken’s long goal-kick for a route-one opener after 21 minutes, and they found the Brentford goalkeeper in inspired form as they looked for an equalizer.

But just as Arsenal and Liverpool were beginning to let themselves hope, Brentford’s resistance was broken when Ethan Pinnock’s weak clearance allowed Foden a simple finish moments before the break.

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The City midfielder then kept City’s charge back towards the top on track when he ghosted in to meet Kevin De Bruyne’s deep cross to complete the turnaround eight minutes into the second half.

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And Foden completed his milestone with the second hat-trick of his career after latching onto Erling Haaland’s lay-off and coolly slotting home a third 20 minutes from time to seal City’s fifth successive league win.

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