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Football: Toure hat-trick keeps five-goal City in touch

Published on Mar 23, 2014 6:23 AM
Manchester City's Yaya Toure (centre) celebrating with team mates Samir Nasri (left) and Aleksandar Kolarov after scoring a third goal against Fulham during their English Premier League match at the Etihad stadium on March 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Yaya Toure scored a hat-trick as Manchester City maintained their Premier League title challenge with a one-sided 5-0 win at home to bottom club Fulham on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Fernando Amorebieta gave Toure a helping hand, conceding two penalties with rash challenges that earned the visiting defender a red card and allowed the Ivorian to put City 2-0 up.

He completed his treble with a magnificent third goal and further strikes from Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis sealed a win that took City to within six points of leaders Chelsea, with three games in hand.

"It is important because maybe the last month we have not been scoring so many goals," said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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