Mohamed Salah: quickest hat-trick in Champions League!
*Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) has scored in the game vs Rangers (7-1) the quickest ever hat-trick in Champions League history, within 6 minutes and 12 seconds. He found the net on 75th, 80th and 81st minutes.
As he entered the pitch as a substitute just on 68th minute, he took only 13 minutes for making the triplet.
*Salah surpassed the previous record of competition that belonged to Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar). The Brazilian scored his hat-trick on 21 October 2014 vs BATE (7-1) for 7 minutes and 26 seconds.
In the European Cup era (since 1955), the quickest hat-trick was also made within 6 minutes: on 13 September 1978, Claudio Sulser (Grasshopper) has scored 5 goals in total vs Valletta (8–0), three of them on 58th, 62th, 64th minutes.
Second quickest was the hat-trick of Amancio (Real Madrid) on 6 March 1968 vs Sparta Prague (3-0). He scored on minutes 61, 62, 68.
*All three Salah’s goals were assisted by the same player, Diogo Jota. The previous such case when a player assisted a teammate's hat-trick in the Champions League occurred in March 2012 (Franck Ribéry assisted three Mario Gomez strikes for Bayern vs Basel). And before that, in 2011, Aly Cissokho assisted for 3 goals of Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon) in the game vs Dinamo Zagreb in 2011.
*Salah’s hat-trick is 6th in the history of Champions League made by a substitute.
*The Egyptian king also reached 50 UEFA competition goals, equaling Ivorian Didier Drogba as the highest African goal scorer in all cups. Drogba scored his goals between 2003-2004 and 2014-2015, 44 in UCL (Olympique Marseille 5, Chelsea 36 and Galatasaray 3), and 6 in UEFA Cup (Olympique Marseille).
Since 2012-2013, Salah scored 41 in UCL (FC Basel 2, AS Roma 1, Liverpool FC 38), 4 in UCL Qualifiers (FC Basel 3, Liverpool FC 1), and 5 in EL (FC Basel 2, ACF Fiorentina 1, AS Roma 2).
Other African players to reach 40 goals in all UEFA competitions include Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o 49 goals and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 42 goals.
|1||Uwe Rösler||Kaiserslautern||3||9 December 1998||HJK 5-2|
|2||Walter Pandiani||Deportivo||3||7 March 2001||PSG 4-3|
|3||Joseba Llorente||Villarreal||3||21 October 2008||Aalborg 6-3|
|4||Kylian Mbappé||PSG||3||22 October 2019||Club Brugge 5-0|
|5||Marcus Rashford||Manchester United||3||28 October 2020||Leipzig 5-0|
|6||Mohamed Salah||Liverpool||3||12 October 2022||Rangers 7-1|