London, Feb 6 (IANs) Phil Foden scored his second career hat-trick to seal a 3-1 comeback win at Brentford and move Manchester City within two points of the Premier League summit.
Neal Maupay gave Brentford a surprise lead but Foden equalized shortly before the break and then added his second and third in the second half to claim the match ball on Monday night.
It is the fourth consecutive Premier League away game in which City have fallen behind before taking all three points. In fact, Pep Guardiola’s side have won nine games in a row in all competitions.
City have 49 points from 22 Premier League games and are breathing down leaders Liverpool’s neck with 51 points from 23 games.
There was more positive news at the start of a hectic February, with Erling Haaland making his first start in almost two months. Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva also returned to the side.
City started the game in control, with Mark Flekken getting into the action early on as he denied two long-range strikes from Julian Alvarez and another from Walker.
However, it was Brentford who took a surprise lead in the 21st minute through Maupay as the French striker raced on goal before calmly slotting the ball into the bottom left corner, reports the Premier League.
Haaland had a brilliant chance to equalize moments later when a poor back pass from Vitaly Janelt set him up, but Mark Flekken made another great save to keep Man City out.
Foden followed up his late first-half goal with an early second-half brace when he got on the end of Kevin De Bruyne’s cross and headed past Flekken. Brentford pushed for an equaliser, with Maupay, Toney and Christian Norgaard going close, but they couldn’t find their second goal.
Foden completed his hat-trick and secured victory for Man City with 20 minutes remaining as he finished off a well-worked move, assisted by Haaland.
Foden’s third goal also meant it was a record number of goals in a single matchweek, with 45 scored in 10 Premier League games over the weekend.