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Aduriz the first Spaniard to hit five in Europe in 51 years

Athletic Club's Aritz Aduriz is also the oldest ever player to manage such a goal haul in a single game in European club competition.

Aduriz the first Spaniard to hit five in Europe in 51 years
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Aritz Aduriz on Thursday became the first Spanish player to score five in the same game in a European club fixture since the mid-1960s.

Aduriz emulates Zaldua

The striker netted all of Athletic Club's goals as Los Leones beat Genk 5-3 in the Europa League group stage at San Mamés.

Aduriz celebrates the fourth of his five goals on Thursday night.

The last Spaniard to manage the feat was Barcelona's José Antonio Zaldua, who bagged five against Utrecht in the Fairs Cup in 1965.

Oldest scorer of a repóker in Europe

At 35, Aduriz also becomes the oldest footballer ever to rack up a five-goal haul in a single match in continental competition.

The full lowdown on the Athletic ace's exploits against Genk can be found here.