Two players scored hat-tricks in the Premier League on the weekend as the race for Champions League and Europa League places heated up.
The Uruguayan ace took his season tally in the league to 21 to move two clear of Manchester United's Robin van Persie at the top of the scoring chart, making it a total of 28 club goals this campaign. He netted in the 18th, 34th and 49th minutes to add to Stewart Downing's opener as the Reds stayed seventh on the table.
The Japanese ace tallied on the stroke of half-time before two later goals completed the trio prior to Wayne Rooney adding one in the final minute. The win allowed United to go 15 points clear of reigning champions Manchester City who are away to Aston Villa on Monday night.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Demba Ba scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea edged West Bromwich Albion 1-0, Everton brushed aside Reading 3-1 with Marouane Fellaini adding another goal and an assist, QPR kept their survival hopes alive with a 2-1 triumph at Southampton, West Ham United got the better of Stoke City 1-0, Sunderland fought back from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw with Fulham and Swansea City beat Newcastle United 1-0.
In Sunday's only fixture, Tottenham maintained third spot thanks to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the North London derby at White Hart Lane.
Gareth Bale scored his 16th league goal of the season, including seven in his past five, before Aaron Lennon added a second as Spurs went seven points clear of the Gunners who were served by Per Mertesacker's second-half header.
2012/13 Barclays Premier League season scores
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