Burnley 2-4 Chelsea
Christian Pulisic hit a hat-trick as Chelsea claimed a routine 4-2 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
The United States international hadn’t scored since joining the Blues from Borussia Dortmund but he opened his account on 21 minutes in Lancashire, latching on to a mistake from Burnley full-back Matt Lowton before firing a left-foot effort beyond Nick Pope.
Burnley had chances to get back into the game after that, with Ashley Barnes missing the best of them after he failed to make the required contact when Ben Mee nodded a header back across the six-yard box.
The Clarets were made to rue those missed opportunities when Pulisic grabbed his second on the stroke of half-time. This time there was an element of fortune about the finish as his right-foot strike deflected in off Mee.
There was no doubting Pulisic’s third goal after the restart, however, as he headed home Mason Mount’s pinpoint cross to complete a ‘perfect’ hat-trick.
Willian then added a fourth just two minutes later and Burnley fans must have been fearing the worst.
To their credit, Sean Dyche’s side fought back, with Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Westwood both having opportunities.
However, Chelsea were then awarded a penalty after substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi went down under a challenge from James Tarkowski, but VAR overruled the decision and the England winger was instead booked for diving.
The Blues then seemingly switched off as Burnley grabbed two late goals thanks to long-range strikes from Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil although it was too little. too late for the Clarets.
The victory means Chelsea have consolidated their place in the top four, while Burnley have lost back-to-back league games for the first time this season.