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Southampton’s Mane man leaves Man City reeling ahead of Real clash

football Updated: May 02, 2016 08:05 IST
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Sadio Mane celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal for Southampton. (REUTERS)

Sadio Mane bagged a hat-trick in a vibrant display of attacking football from Southampton that swept aside Manchester City 4-2 on Sunday and left the visitors facing a scramble to secure Champions League qualification.

The defeat, just three days before their semi-final second leg against Real Madrid, was never in doubt from the moment Shane Long capitalised on a Dusan Tadic assist in the 25th-minute.

The Serb also set up two of the goals for Senegalese striker Mane, who pounced after the 28th, 57th and 68th minute to complete his second hat-trick of a prolific season which has yielded 14 goals.

Although City countered with a brace from Kelechi Iheanacho in the 44th and 78th minute, Saints never let their grip slip on a victory which kept them in the hunt for a Europa League place.

Fourth-placed City lead Manchester United by just four points and their neighbours have a game in hand.

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