SOUTHAMPTON, England — Sadio Mane netted the fastest hat trick in Premier League history on Saturday, grabbing goals in the 13th, 14th and 16th minutes as Southampton boosted its hopes of European qualification with a 6-1 victory against Aston Villa.
ÂThe Senegal international's treble was wrapped up in 2 minutes, 56 seconds — beating the record of 4:33 set by Liverpool's Robbie Fowler against Arsenal in 1994, two years after the Premier League started.
Mane converted the rebound after Villa goalkeeper Shay Given saved his initial shot to give Southampton the lead after 12:22. He scored again on 13:46 before saving his best for last by curling Shane Long's pass on the edge of the area past Given on 15:18.
The hat trick was part of an amazing first half for Southampton, with Mane's fellow summer signing Shane Long slotting home from close range before hitting a 40-yard effort to put Saints five up inside 38 minutes.
ÂChristian Benteke pulled one back on the stroke of halftime with an exceptional header, but that did not save Tim Sherwood's FA Cup finalists trudging off at the interval to a chorus of boos.
ÂVilla, which would have made sure of staying up with a win, improved after the break but were unable to keep Saints at bay, with Graziano Pelle volleying home to take Saints to 60 points - their best-ever Premier League return.
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