Burnley restored their lead at the top of the championship to three points, as they deserved to beat Birmingham City.
Anas Zaarouri and Conor Roberts, who both played in the World Cup, scored first-half goals, coupled with a third stoppage-time goal from Nathan Tela, as Vincent Kompany’s in-form Clarets completed their 14th victory in 24 tournament appearances this season. Clear again for second-placed Sheffield United.
Against the second-mightiest defense in the Second Division, the hosts went viral when Morocco’s Zaarouri scored the fastest goal of the tournament this season – after just 49 seconds.
After helping to set up the first goal, Wales’ Roberts got into the process of scoring himself as he finished off the first half having started a minute before half-time with another delicately running move down the right.
Teela then rounded it all up as he ran to score to seal the Blues’ biggest defeat of the season – fans reveled in seeing three goals from their side in Game 5 played out at Turf Moor to move them 11 points clear of third place. Blackburn mode.
Although Zarore’s return to Premier League action was sensational, there was an element of fortune in Burnley’s opener.
A foul on Christian Bilic at the top end of the field in the Blues’ first attack went unpunished, Burnley broke, Manuel Benson slipped, a brilliant pass inside the full-back, Roberts dug in for a low cross and Zarore entered before Maxime Colin. For a great finish on the right foot.
After a month of service in the World Cup, during which he only appeared in the third place match against Belgium, Zarouri’s goal was his fourth in his last four home matches.
As for Roberts, his goalscoring contribution came only after he was released to play when he was handed a pre-Christmas red card against Middlesbrough. flipped over.
But he made the most of his reprieve.
He had already created another hole – from which Benson only fired a shot – when he created a great putt with Josh Brownhill, collected a great return pass over the top and ran in to make the net ripple.
Burnley had other chances to condemn the Blues to a heavier defeat, but goalkeeper John Ruddy denied an instinctive reaction from former West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez and Josh Cullen with a great chance, before Tila rounded it all up three minutes into stoppage time. .
who is next?
The two teams are back in action on Friday when Burnley move to Stoke & Blues, who could host top scorer Scott Hogan, Hull.
Then both play again on New Year’s Day, when the Blues are at home to Middlesbrough and Burnley go to Swansea.
Burnley manager Vincent Kompany told BBC Sport:
“It was a game, although I wasn’t worried about it, I knew after the game was over in Birmingham, they were going to put up some challenges for us. We had a hard time there. And we know Troy Deeney is a legend from the game, so another clean sheet is a must.” It was just as important to score three goals again.
“When Anas Zarouri came back from Qatar, we didn’t know exactly what to expect. Did he start? Did we put him on the bench? But what he did in training made the decision for us.
“I like having players with smiles on their faces – which is one of them. It’s great to work with players who want to improve. We’re glad he’s here.
“And it’s very important to have goals from players all over the field. Every player believes they can score. But we’re not arrogant. We know we have to keep working hard to get these chances.”
Birmingham City manager John Eustace told BBC Sport:
“I was really disappointed with the manner of that first goal. It was a mistake on Christian Bilik and it stopped us from recognizing it early on.
“We regrouped and got a little bit of control, but then we let that guy in at half-time to get us going again.
“We changed a few things in the first half and competed better in the second half. But Burnley are the best team in the league.
“It highlights that, going into the final third, we need to be a lot better, especially against a team of this quality. Scott Hogan is about to come back but he had a virus.”
formation – formation 4-2-3-1
- 5Harwood Bellis
- 29matesreplaced withTaylorin a 72 ‘Session minutes
- 24ColinBooked in 35 minutes
- 17Manuelreplaced withTilain a 62 ‘Session minutes
- 19Zarourireplaced withGudmundsonin a 82 ‘Session minutes
- 9Rodriguezreplaced withBarnesin a 82 ‘Session minutes
- 15Peacock Pharrell
formation – formation 3-1-4-2
- 4Robertsreplaced withBellinghamin a 79 ‘Session minutes
- 2Colinreplaced witheasyin a 87 ‘Session minutes
- 6ForcedBooked in 35 minutesreplaced withGutkiewiczin a 66 ‘Session minutes
- 8religiousBooked in 54 minutes
- 18ChungBooked in 36 minutesreplaced withmosquesin a 66 ‘Session minutes
- to rule:
- Darren England
The match is over, Burnley 3, Birmingham City 0.
The second half ended, Burnley 3, Birmingham City 0.
Goal! Burnley 3, Birmingham City 0. Nathan Teela (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the penalty area into the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a through ball after a quick break.
missed attempt. Conor Roberts (Burnley) right footed from outside the penalty area fouls to the left.
Josh Cullen (Burnley) won a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Troy Deeney (Birmingham City).
missed attempt. Johan Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the penalty area, just above, from a direct free kick.
Nathan Teela (Burnley) won a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Juninho Bacuna (Birmingham City).
Foul by Josh Brownhill (Burnley).
Jonathan Leko (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Birmingham City. Jonathan Leko replaces Maxime Colin.
Foul by Connor Roberts (Burnley).
Austin Trosti (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt is prohibited. Johan Gudmundsson (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the penalty area. With assistance from Ashley Barnes.
Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).
Jordan James (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Connor Roberts (Burnley).
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Switch, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Jay Rodriguez.
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