Chelsea stunned, Sterling nets hat-trick

English Premier League

Raheem Sterling stole the show with a hat-trick on Saturday night, as Manchester City proved too strong for Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Citizens managed to carve out a couple chances early on, with Gabriel Jesus squandering a big chance in the opening 10 minutes by heading wide from 12 yards.

Jesus did have a hand in the opening goal in the 20th minute as he set up Sterling for the curling finish from just outside the box.

The woodwork then came to City's frustration on 35 minutes when Jesus saw his strike deflect off Lewis Dunk and sailed onto the crossbar with Brighton shot-stopper Matt Ryan well beaten.

Pep Guardiola's troops got their reward 10 minutes later when Jesus poked home at the far post after getting on the end of Rodri's flick.

City picked up from where they left off in the first half as Sterling completed his brace by nodding home Riyad Mahrez's cross.

Bernardo Silva then joined the scoring act with a simple tap-in from close range for his seventh league goal of the season, after Ryan failed to hold on to his initial strike.

Sterling put the final nail in the coffin on 81 minutes with a strange finish from close range to complete his hat-trick and the rout for the visitors.

Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea

Chelsea were handed a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United in a Premier League clash on Saturday evening.

Jorginho and Tammy Abraham returned to the Blues line-up, as Mateo Kovacic and Oliver Giroud dropped to the bench following the midweek win over Crystal Palace.

A clear opening fell the visitors way seven minutes in, however Christian Pulisic failed to take advantage as his header from the far post went wide.

Chelsea were on the backfoot inside the 18th minute when David McGoldrick tucked home from point-blank range after Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a deflected shot.

The woes continued for the Blues as Oli McBurnie leaped freely at the near post to head home two minutes after the half-hour mark with Kepa rooted.

Frank Lampard’s boys were inches away to a lifeline four minutes to halftime, but Dean Henderson parried Reece James’ rasping drive from the cusp of the six-yard area.

A double change at the break saw the Blues introduce Marco Alonso and Antonio Rudiger in an effort to reverse the outcome.

The Blades remained in control following the final quarter amidst a few nervy moments off a free-kick from Ross Barkley and Giroud’s first-time volley straight after coming on.

With 13 minutes left in the contest, McGoldrick put the result beyond doubt with a first-time finish from close-range following Rudiger’s poor clearance.

Mousset should’ve added a fourth nine minutes remaining though after beating Kurt Zouma, he flashed wide of the far post as Chris Wilder’s men bagged all the points in fine style to boost their European chances as Chelsea failed to cement third spot.

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