Southampton ease to victory over Aston Villa at St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 this afternoon, with Sadio Mane breaking a Premier League record.

Southampton clinched a thumping win over Aston Villa this afternoon, with Ronald Koeman's men winning 6-1 at St. Mary's Stadium.

The Saints had won just one of their last six games before facing Villa, struggling to find the back of the net in that run - but they had no problem brushing Villa aside this afternoon.

Southampton romped into a 3-0 lead after just 16 minutes, with Senegalese forward Sadio Mane breaking a Premier League record, scoring a hat-trick in just two minutes and 56 seconds.

Shane Long then made it 4-0 ten minutes later, and the Irishman added a fifth before the break, with Christian Benteke continuing his fine form as he pulled a goal back for Villa on the stroke of half time.

With the game virtually over by the start of the second half, Southampton made it 6-1 with Graziano Pelle adding another goal late on.

The result takes Southampton on to 60 points with just one game to play, whilst it also serves as a blow to Aston Villa, who could have been safe from relegation with a win.

Instead, they must now watch on as their rivals play this afternoon, with the chance to close the gap on Villa - which will no doubt leave manager Tim Sherwood somewhat nervous.

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