A fluke own goal and strikes by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino helped see off Burnley at Turf Moor as they maintained their 100% start to their campaign.

The Clarets had fought toe-to-toe with last season’s runners-up until the 33rd minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s seemingly intended cross to the far post brushed the back of Chris Wood and sailed over the head of the stranded Nick Pope in goal.

Another piece of misfortune occurred soon after the restart. This time Burnley skipper Ben Mee inadvertently found Reds forward Firmino with a short pass; he then found Mane who fired low past Pope.

There were few chances after the break, but converted the clearest of them when Firmino fired in from the edge of the area after he was teed up by Mohamed Salah.

Burnley, who have now won just two of their past 17 matches against in all competitions, drop down to 11th in the table.

The Reds, on the other hand, go into the international break with as many points and in the same position as the corresponding period last season.

Reds forwards make most of limited chances

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Not too many will begrudge a team like the rub of the green now and again.

Up until Wood’s own goal neither full-back Alexander-Arnold nor had much of a chance to attack down the flanks, as they were both kept busy by Burnley’s Aaron Lennon and Dwight McNeil.

However, the danger posed did not deter Alexander-Arnold from pushing forward at any opportunity, and just after the half-hour mark his latest foray led to the lucky opener. As his cross nestled in the back of the net, the England defender reacted with sheepish pleasure.

There were, though, more lavish scenes of celebrations moments later when Mane sent his angled drive past the Burnley keeper.

Both he and fellow forwards Firmino and Salah were limited to scraps in the match, but when the next opportunity arose after the break they took it.

This time Egyptian Salah made one of his familiar marng runs forward only to see his progress halted at the edge of the area. However, the cavalry arrived in the form of Firmino, who struck home the third for .

Burnley out of luck

Ben Mee (left) and Mohamed Salah

Two errors in two successive games will grate on a Burnley side that prides itself on making the opposition work for their win.

It was Danny Drinkwater’s mistake that led to Sunderland’s equaliser in the 3-1 Carabao Cup midweek defeat, and against the Reds skipper Mee suffered a rare lapse at the wrong place and against the wrong team.

That was an unfortunate four minutes for the Clarets, who up until the fluke opener looked good as they sparred against the an champions.

They came close to taking an early lead when Wood flashed a shot that Spanish keeper Adrian pushed away. And minutes later, Alexander-Arnold prevented Barnes from an almost-certain fifth of the season when he cut out Aaron Lennon’s ball from the right.

The two first-half goals seemed to knock some of the wind out of Burnley, who failed to put up much of a fight after the break. Had James Tarkowski left a cross for Mee from a second-half corner, the captain might have atoned for his earlier error. And late in the game substitute Jay Rodriguez was denied by keeper Adrian – a sharper Rodriguez might have scored.

Having been competitive in almost three-and-a-half league games, Burnley boss is unlikely to be too concerned about a second defeat in a matter of days.

Man of the match – Roberto Firmino ()

Roberto Firmino

Mane the lucky charm – the stats

  • have won 13 league games in a row for the first time in their history, while they are only the second English top-flight side to win 13 in a row while scoring more than once each time (after in 1960).
  • have gone 21 games without losing (W17 D4 L0); losing just once in their last 43 games in the competition (W35 D7 L1), a 1-2 defeat to Man City in January.
  • Burnley have picked up just one victory in their last 25 games against ‘Big Six’ teams (D6 L18), beating Spurs at Turf Moor in February 2019 (2-1).
  • have won three consecutive away games at Burnley for the first time since August 1970 (all competitions) under former boss Bill Shankly.
  • manager has won five games versus Dyche; against no manager has he registered more victories in the competition.
  • Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Burnley have scored eight own goals in the ; only Bournemouth (nine) have scored more.
  • have not lost any of the last 33 games in which Mane has found the net (W29 D4 L0).
  • Since the start of last season, no player has scored more goals in all competitions Mane (30 – level with Salah).
  • Firmino became the first Brazilian to score 50 goals; he is the ninth player to reach the milestone for overall – no other club has had more (level with Manchester United).

What’s next?

are at home to Newcastle on Saturday, 14 September (12:30 BST) and Burnley are at Brighton the same day (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Pieters
  • 25Lennon
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forRodriguezat 73′minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 8Drinkwater
  • 13Hendrick
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 20Hart
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long

  • 13Adrián
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4
  • 26Robertson
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 71′minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forShaqiriat 85′minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forOrigiat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 12Gomez
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 20Lallana
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 62Kelleher
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
21,762

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway Team
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 0, 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 0, 3.

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri () left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Divock Origi () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a through ball.

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Hand ball by Trent Alexander-Arnold ().

Foul by Divock Origi ().

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Roberto Firmino.

Substitution

Substitution, . Divock Origi replaces Sadio Mané.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Erik Pieters (Burnley).

Foul by Mohamed Salah ().

Erik Pieters (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 0, 3. Roberto Firmino () right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Cork.

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Offside, Burnley. Chris Wood tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Ashley Barnes.

Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Joel Matip ().

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Virgil () right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Substitution

Substitution, . Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Jordan Henderson.

Roberto Firmino () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jordan Henderson ().

Foul by Jordan Henderson ().

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Roberto Firmino ().

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, . Conceded by Ben Mee.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Corner, . Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabinho.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah () left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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