English Premiership

Mane fires fastest hat-trick

2015-05-16 14:48
Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Queens Park Rangers. (AFP)

Southampton - Southampton's Sadio Mane blasted the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history as the Senegal winger netted three times in less than three minutes against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Mane took just two minutes and 56 seconds to demolish Villa at St Mary's and surpass the previous record of four minutes and 33 seconds set by Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler against Arsenal in 1994.

The 23-year-old started his record-breaking spree in the 13th minute when he tapped into an empty net after getting a fortunate deflection as he tried to round Villa goalkeeper Shay Given.

Just 84 seconds later Mane struck again when he latched onto a sloppy backpass from Villa defender Ron Vlaar and slotted past Given.

And he completed his remarkable feat with a fine first-time finish into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Although Mane made Premier League history, he couldn't break the record for the fastest ever treble in English football, which was set by James Hayter when he scored three times in two minutes and 20 seconds after coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Bournemouth in their third tier match against Wrexham in 2004.

At half time, Southampton lead 5-1 at the break.

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