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Watkins hat-trick helps Villa stun Liverpool

4 Oct 2020
Premier League - Aston Villa v Liverpool

Aston Villa move up to second place after completing an incredible 7-2 victory over the champions at Villa Park

A perfect hat-trick from Ollie Watkins fired Aston Villa to second place after a sensational 7-2 win over champions Liverpool.

The Villans led after only four minutes when Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian conceded possession to Jack Grealish, who teed up Watkins for a simple finish.

Villa's lead was doubled when Watkins cut in and slammed a shot into the top corner on 22 minutes.

Mohamed Salah's smart shot reduced the deficit on 33 minutes but two minutes later, John McGinn's deflected effort restored Villa's two-goal cushion.

Watkins' hat-trick header made the score 4-1 and 10 minutes after half-time, Ross Barkley added a fifth.

Salah pulled another goal back on the hour but Grealish's double on 66 and 75 minutes completed the comprehensive victory.

Villa now have three wins from three while Liverpool are fifth, also on nine points.

See: Aston Villa report | Liverpool report

Next fixtures

Aston Villa: 17 Oct v Leicester City (A)
Liverpool: 17 Oct v Everton (A)

 

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