MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Yaya Toure scored a hat trick Saturday as Manchester City brushed aside last-place Fulham 5-0 to keep pace in the Premier League title race.
Toure converted two penalties in the 26th and 54th minute, both times after fouls by Fernando Amorebieta who was sent off after the second. City continued to push forward and Toure curled in his third goal in the 66th before being taken off to a standing ovation. Fernandinho fired in the fourth in the 84th and Martin Demichelis completed the rout four minutes later as the hosts climbed above Arsenal into third place.
City trails leader Chelsea by six points, but has three games in hand. Fulham remains last on 24 points, but is only four points from safety as its closest relegation rivals also lost.
Toure's goals made him the third City player to reach 20 goals for the season after Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, leaving Edin Dzeko, who missed the game through illness, behind on 18.
City rarely got into top gear in the first period, but had two other penalty appeals turned away in the opening 12 minutes. But City finally got their penalty after Negredo chased a long ball from James Milner and was kicked in the backside by Amorebieta. Toure made no mistake as he sent the keeper the wrong way after Amorebieta was booked.
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