Pulisic Watch: American makes Chelsea history
Well, that was something, wasn’t it?
USMNT star Christian Pulisic ended his Chelsea goal drought in style, scoring the first three goals of Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Burnley in “perfect hat trick” fashion on Saturday at Turf Moor.
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The 21-year-old used his left foot, right foot, and head to score the goals and was nearly as dangerous as a playmaker.
Here are his match stats, and all of his influential moments.
Passing: 80 percent
Key passes: 3
Shots on target: 4
Possession lost: 1
Duels: 3 of 9
5th minute: Holds up play, carrying the water then zipping to the front of the attack in hopes of a rebound as Willian blazes high and wide of the frame.
14th minute: Dribbles through a tight alley and then takes a moment to allow Mason Mount room on the right, but the Englishman can’t get a good shot away.
20th minute: Makes a clever run into the left corner, but his cross is a bit wayward and sails to Burnley.
21st minute: Here’s the bell ringer, as the Yanks’ 21-year-old scores his first Premier League goal in a matching minute. Pulisic seizes on a bad touch and dribbles James Tarkowski before rolling a low shot across goal past Nick Pope. A quality strike to beat two quality players. Pulisic lets out a primal scream of relief.
28th minute: Collects a big cross with his chest and forces a low save from Pope which earns Chelsea a corner kick.
38th minute: Dribbles up a left-wing alley before finding Abraham for a shot that was curled wide of the far post.
43rd minute: Floats a far post cross to Willian, who volleys to Pope.
52nd minute: Wins a 50-50 with Jeff Hendrick, then gets the ball back and works the midfielder again to get the ball to his team in the attacking third.
54th minute: Again dribbles through the center in acres of space this time after a Mount pass, playing a through ball for Abraham that the interfered with Englishman can’t reach.
56th minute: FLAWLESS HAT TRICK! Or perfect hat trick, or natural hat trick. Whatever. The Pulisic Party continues with a header to join his right- and left-footed goals as Mason Mount reserves a corner back into the fray.
67th minute: Lofts a ball toward the back post but Willian cannot reach the ball.
72nd minute: Callum Hudson-Odoi comes on for Willian, and Olivier Giroud and Reece James had already subbed on. Pulisic will go 90.
80th minute: Pulisic chips a cross toward Giroud, but it hangs in the air and the Frenchman has understandable trouble getting his head on the ball.
86th minute: The American isn’t perfect, and gives away possession leading to an audacious, wonderful, Goal of the Month contending shot from Jay Rodriguez.