Southampton’s Sadio Mane hits fastest hat-trick in top-flight history

Southampton’s Sadio Mane hits fastest hat-trick in top-flight history

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Premier League – Southampton’s Sadio Mane hits fastest hat-trick in top-flight history

Sadio Mane scored the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history when he struck three times in less than three minutes for Southampton against Aston Villa.

Mane completed his hat-trick in two minutes 56 seconds in an extraordinary opening to the game at St Mary’s, giving Southampton a commanding 3-0 lead and they went on to win 6-1.

It comfortably beat Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler’s 20-year-old record of four minutes and 33 seconds, set against Arsenal on 28 August 1994.

It also wiped Graham Leggat out of the record books: the Scot used to have the record for the quickest English top flight hat trick when he scored three in exactly three minutes for Fulham against Ipswich in 1963.

Despuite taking just 68 seconds of playing time to record his feat, Mane fell short of the fastest hat-trick in Football League history, however: that was scored in just 140 seconds by Bournemouth’s James Hayter against Wrexham in 2004. Amazingly, he’d come on as a sub with six minutes left.

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HOW SADIO MANE MADE HISTORY

12:22 – The Senegalese forward rides two challenges to score into an empty net to make it 1-0 Southampton.

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Sadio Mane scores Southampton’s first goal

13:46 – A dreadful Ron Vlaar backpass lets Shane Long in – Shay Given blocks but Mane tucks away the rebound.

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Sadio Mane scores the second goal of his hat-trick for Southampton

15:18 – Long is the creator again, squaring for Mane to sidefoot into the top-right corner from the edge of the box.

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Sadio Mane celebrates after completing his record-breaking hat-trick

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