Haaland, Rooney, Van Basten... CL debutant hat-trick heroes
Salzburg talent Erling Haaland got a hat-trick on his Champions League debut on Tuesday. We look at who else has achieved that feat.
Erling Haaland made a stunning start to his Champions League career on Tuesday, becoming the eighth player to net a hat-trick on their debut in Europe's elite competition.
The 19-year-old netted all three of his goals in the first half as Salzburg crushed Genk 6-2, with Haaland the third youngest player to score a treble in the Champions League.
His first goal arrived in just the second minute, as he found the bottom-right corner in confident fashion from just inside the area, Haaland then doubled the tally just past the half-hour mark when finishing off a counter.
He completed the hat-trick – remarkably his fourth of the season across all competitions – just before the interval, tucking in from close range.
As impressive as his debut Champions League hat-trick was, he was not the first to accomplish the feat. Below, we look at those who came before.
2 - Erling Haaland is the first teenager to score more than once on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick for Manchester United against Fenerbahçe in September 2004. Destined. pic.twitter.com/BPzFTiNBGy— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 17, 2019
Yacine Brahimi (Porto) v BATE – September 2014
Tricky winger Brahimi made an explosive entrance to Champions League football five years ago. He punished a goalkeeper error to open his account from a tight angle, before then adding a glorious solo effort and a pinpoint free-kick.
Grafite (Wolfsburg) v CSKA Moscow – September 2009
Brazilian striker Grafite pencilled himself into the history books in 2009 with a treble against CSKA Moscow. The powerful forward finished off a counter for his first, then converting a penalty. He rounded things off late on in the 3-1 win by converting a Marcel Schaefer cross.
Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese) v Panathinaikos – September 2005
Udinese made an emphatic start to their first Champions League campaign in 2005, dispatching Panathinaikos 3-0. Iaquinta was vital to that, opening the scoring with a header after wasting a couple of earlier chances. He made it 2-0 in the second half when racing on to Antonio Di Natale's pass and finishing, wrapping up the win with a fierce drive.
#AccaddeOggi— Udinese Calcio (@Udinese_1896) September 14, 2019
Il 14 settembre 2005 l'Udinese debutta nella fase a gironi di Champions battendo 3-0 al "Friuli" il Panathinaikos di Malesani. Tripletta di Vincenzo Iaquinta https://t.co/8HPSOF2Z79 pic.twitter.com/6w1SxrxMD7
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) v Fenerbahce – September 2004
After joining United for a reported £24million on the back of an impressive Euro 2004, Rooney truly announced himself with a marvellous treble against Fenerbahce on his Old Trafford debut. The striker got his first 17 minutes in, emphatically converting after a Ruud van Nistelrooy pass. A fine long-range effort into the bottom-left corner followed and he then blasted home a free-kick.
Yakubu (Maccabi Haifa) v Olympiakos – September 2002
Only 19 at the time, Yakubu ran Olympiakos ragged in 2002. Having missed a 5-2 defeat to Man United through suspension, Yakubu made up for lost time on matchday two, opening the scoring with a penalty. He doubled the lead against the run of play with a smart finish after holding off a defender and later added the third after getting in behind the visitors' defence.
Tino Asprilla (Newcastle United) v Barcelona– September 1997
A vibrant, colourful character, Colombian forward Asprilla produced a performance to match against Barcelona in a 3-2 win. He opened his account with a penalty, before twice nodding in towering headers from right-wing crosses, securing a famous result for the Magpies.
Marco van Basten (AC Milan) v Goteborg – November 1992
Synonymous with the spectacular, Van Basten's first goal in the revamped Champions League – having been the European Cup before the 1992-93 season – was a lovely one, finding the top-left corner despite being off-balance. A penalty followed and then came an outrageous overhead kick from the edge of the box. The Dutchman got a fourth by rounding the goalkeeper, sealing an easy win.
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