Deulofeu hat-trick leads Watford to 5-1 rout of Cardiff

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              Watford's Gerard Deulofeu, left, celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammates Troy Deeney and Will Hughes, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Cardiff City and Watford at the Cardiff City Stadium, Wales, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Simon Galloway/PA via AP)
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CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Gerard Deulofeu claimed his first hat-trick in English football and captain Troy Deeney scored twice as Watford strolled to a 5-1 victory at Cardiff in the Premier League Friday.

Former Barcelona winger Deulofeu fired the visitors into a first-half lead before netting twice in as many minutes just after the hour-mark.

Deeney then put the game beyond relegation-haunted Cardiff with his first league goals since the start of January.

Cardiff’s consolation effort came from Sol Bamba.

Watford’s victory took the team up to seventh place, while Cardiff is one point above the relegation zone.

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