A Finnish teenage football star has instantly become one of the most sought-after young players in Europe after notching a stunning hat-trick in just two minutes 42 seconds.
17-year-old Joel Pohjanpalo was playing for Finland’s top side, Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (commonly known as ‘HJK’ for understandable reasons), in their first match of the top flight season when he pulled off his feat.
HJK looked like getting off to a terrible start to their defence of the Finnish title, however, as they trailed Mariehamn 1-0 with just 20 minutes left.
That was until Pohjanpalo popped up to score three times in under three minutes to earn all three points for the home side and send the 5,121 fans at Helsink’s Sonera Stadium delirious with excitement:
Incredibly, Pohjanpalo’s hat-trick is not the fastest ever recorded. Here’s our pick of the most amazing hat-trick records of all time:
Fastest ever hat-trick: Magnus Arvidsson scored three goals in 89 seconds for Hassleholm against Landskrona in a Swedish second tier match in 1995. “You don’t forget that sort of thing in a hurry,” Arvidsson who beat the keeper in one-on-ones as he helped his team come from behind to win 5-3 and avoid relegation. “There was hardly time to kick off between the goals!” Arvidsson laughed afterwards.
Official fastest ever hat-trick: Tommy Ross of Ross County scored three goals in an astonishing 90 seconds in a match against Nairn in November 1964. He was 18 years old at the time, but didn’t enter it for inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records for 40 years: the goalkeeper was the only official timekeeper that day so he assumed he was ineligible, but Guinness credit the Scot (rather than Arvidsson) with the feat.
Robbie FowlerFastest English top flight hat-trick: Scotland striker Graham Leggat scored three in exactly three minutes in Fulham’s 10-1 win against Ipswich, before later adding a fourth. It was, quite literally, late December, 1963 – oh what a night!
Fastest Premier League hat-trick: Robbie Fowler smashed three goals past Arsenal in four minutes 33 seconds in August 1994. Almost as good is Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe in 2009, who scored three of his five goals against Wigan in the space of seven minutes.
James HayterFastest Football League hat-trick: Perhaps the most extraordinary story of the lot, Bournemouth brought James Hayter on as a sub against Wrexham in February 2004 with just six minutes left of the match. Two minutes 20 seconds later he had bagged a treble. Unfortunately, his family missed it: they’d been at the match, but had left with 10 minutes to go assuming that he wouldn’t get a run out. Whoops!
Fastest Champions League hat-trick: Bafetimbi Gomis scored three in seven minutes for Lyon against Dinamo Zagreb in December 2011. The goals were either side of half-time, however, so you may prefer to credit Blackburn’s Mike Newell, who scored four in nine minutes against Rosenborg at Ewood Park in 1995. Newell’s was also a rare ‘perfect hat trick’, namely one with the right foot, one with the left and one with the head.
Fastest hat-trick for England: England’s Willie Hall found the net three times in four minutes as the side beat Northern Ireland 7-0 in November 1938. Hall actually scored five goals in total that day.
Fastest international hat-trick. Abdul Hamid Bassiouny of Egypt holds this record, with three in two minutes and 35 seconds against Namibia in a 2002 World Cup qualifier.
Ted MacDougallHat-trick of hat-tricks: Bournemouth’s Ted MacDougall put nine goals – yes, nine – past Margate in an 11-0 win in an FA Cup first round match in November 1971. “I was disappointed as I thought I should have got 11,” MacDougall later laughed.
Goalkeeper’s hat-trick: Scoring three in a match when you’ve no business being up the other end of the pitch has only been done once (not counting the days of playing rush goalie in the playground). Paraguayan legend Jose Chilavert was the man, who scored all three (disappointingly, all from the penalty spot) for Velez Sarsfield against Ferro Carril Oeste in November 1999.
Fastest overseas top flight hat-trick: Eduardo Maglioni scored three goals in one minute 50 seconds for Independiente against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata in their Argentine top flight clash in March 1973.
Fastest hat-trick ever caught on film: Jimmy O’Connor’s stunning hat-trick in two minutes 13 seconds in an Irish league match for Shelbourne against Bohemians in November 1967. The spoilsports in our rights department won’t let us pinch the clip, but if you’re lucky you might just find a link to watch it on a certain popular video sharing website.
Fastest Ligue 1 hat-trick: Matt Moussilou scored three goals in four minutes as Lille hammered Istres 8-0 in April 2005.
Fastest Bundesliga hat-trick: Michael Tonnies scored three goals in five minutes for MSV Duisburg against Karlsruher in August 1991. He’d never scored in the German top flight before, ended up with 13 goals that season, and never scored in the Bundesliga again for the rest of his career.
Fastest Turkish hat-trick: Mateja Kezman scored three in four minutes for Fenerbahce against Alanyaspor in January 2008.
Fastest Russian hat-trick: Spartak Moscow striker Welliton scored three in six minutes against Tomsk to give his side a 4-2 win in August 2010.
Source : Yahoo