On Saturday, Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick for Manchester City in their FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley, leading them to the final. The 32-year-old Algerian was named Player of the Match and made history as the first player to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Manchester City now await the winner of the second semi-final between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.
After the match, Mahrez said that scoring the hat-trick was a great way to celebrate Eid and wished all Muslims around the world a happy Eid Mubarak. He also noted that Manchester City had lost in the semi-finals for the past three years, so they were determined to put in a good performance and reach the final. Mahrez praised the team for sticking to the manager’s plan and pushing each other to perform their best.
Mahrez’s first goal came just before half-time when he converted a penalty in the 43rd minute after Daniel Jebbison fouled Bernardo Silva in the box. He then completed his hat-trick in the second half with two goals in five minutes, one in the 61st minute and another from a Jack Grealish cross in the 66th minute.
Manchester City’s next match is a crucial Premier League showdown against Arsenal at the Etihad on Wednesday.