Burnley 2-4 Chelsea: Captain America nets hat-trick

Christian Pulisic scored a hat-trick as Chelsea moved back level on points with Leicester City following a 4-2 win at Burnley on Saturday evening.

The USA national team captain opened the scoring midway through the first half when he picked up a loose pass from Matthew Lowton, ran at the hosts’ defence and neatly finished across goal into the far corner.

It was Pulisic’s first Chelsea goal following his summer move from Borussia Dortmund over the summer before he doubled his tally and the Blues’ lead on the stroke of half-time. Once again, the American picked up a loose pass from the Burnley defence and this time his powerful right-footed effort took a big deflection into the near corner, fooling Nick Pope in goal.

The game was over 10 minutes into the second half when Mason Mount curled a cross into the near post from the corner flag for the forward to head home. Christian Pulisic becomes only the second American to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, after Clint Dempsey for Fulham against Newcastle United back in 2012.

There was still time for more action. First, William powerfully made it 4-0 only minutes after Frank Lampard’s side had scored their third.

Burnley scored two consolation goals in the final five minutes. The first was a long-range strike from Jay Rodriguez and the second came from England under-21 international Dwight McNeil.