EPL: Christian Benteke hat-trick vs Sunderland sparks Aston Villa's joy of six

Defeat halted Sunderland's revival under Italian manager Paolo di Canio and this loss was compounded by the sending-off of Stephane Sessegnon.

updated: April 30, 2013 09:40 IST
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Birmingham: Christian Benteke scored a second-half hat-trick as Aston Villa thrashed Sunderland 6-1 on Monday to give themselves real hope of avoiding relegation from the English Premier League.

Victory saw Villa pull five points clear of the drop zone with three games left to play.

FA Cup finalists Wigan, who have a game in hand over the Birmingham club, are now in greatest danger of joining already demoted Queens Park Rangers and Reading as one of the three clubs relegated from England's top flight.

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