Finally a prize for Kompany and co: Burnley wins ‘match of truth’ 5-0 (!) and is out of the red lantern


One will be able to sleep well tonight. After six defeats in a row, Vincent Kompany’s Burnley was able to win again in the Premier League, only the second victory of the season. In the relegation match against Sheffield United – ‘the match of truth’ for Kompany – the Clarets won convincingly 5-0. As a result, Burnley is also immediately rid of the red lantern.

The home game against relegation rival Sheffield United was a crucial game for Vincent Kompany. Although the atmosphere within the club and the confidence in Kompany was very good despite the situation, everyone knew that this was already becoming ‘the match of truth’. If they won, Burnley could give a direct competitor a mental blow and come back among the people.

With that thought, Burnley started the game perfectly. The game had not even started for a minute – 15 seconds to be precise – when Jay Rodriguez headed Taylor’s excellent cross into the net. The fastest Premier League goal so far this season, but above all a dream start for Kompany and co.

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Just when Sheffield started to get into the match, Jacob Bruun Larsen (ex-Anderlecht) scored the 2-0. With a nice slide he gave his coach a broad smile on his face. Would it finally – for the first time since Matchday 2 – be a prize?

Burnley also received some help when Oliver McBurnie received his second yellow card just before half time, meaning Sheffield had to continue with ten men. So Burnley had everything in their own hands in the second half.


The Clarets logically remained the better team. Burnley continued to look for a third goal, Rodriguez and Koleosho came close. On the counter, Burnley goalkeeper Trafford had to intervene once when Osula appeared alone in front of him.

A clear warning and so Burnley finally finished it five minutes later. Amdouni secured the victory with the 3-0. A minute later, the same Amdouni served Koleosho, who made it 4-0. Joy throughout Burnley, where Mike Trésor was allowed to come on for another fifteen minutes. The party was not over yet, because Brownhill also scored his goal and took care of the forfeit figures.


Burnley thus puts an end to a series of six consecutive defeats in the Premier League. With this victory – only the second this season – Burnley leapfrogs Everton and Sheffield to place 18, passing the red lantern to Everton (which will play against Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening).

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