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Meet the last 5 players to have scored 4 (or more) goals in a Champions League game

Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:10 IST

Lewandowski exults after scoring a quadruple at Crvena Zvezda
Lewandowski exults after scoring a quadruple at Crvena Zvezda

Of the 93 different players to have registered a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League (1992-93 onwards), 13 of them have managed to score four (or more) goals in a game in the competition.

Robert Lewandowski's four-goal haul at Crvena Zvezda on Matchday 5 of the 2019-20 Champions League marked the first time since 2013-14 (Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovich) that two players scored four-goal hat-tricks in the competition. On Matchday 2, Lewandowski's Bayern compatriot Serge Gnabry had scored four in the team's 7-2 win at English side Tottenham Hotspur.

The Poland striker's effort in the Serbian capital was the 16th instance of a player scoring four (or more) goals in a Champions League game. Let us meet the last 5 players to have done so in the competition.

#1 Robert Lewandowski (2019-20)

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski's first Champions League hat-trick was a four-goal one when the then Borussia Dortmund player scored all four in his team's 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the first leg of the 2012-13 semifinals. It made the Polish striker the first player to score a four- (or more) goal hat-trick in the semifinals of the competition.

Six seasons later, in the midst of his most prolific goal-scoring spell which saw the Bayern Munich player become the first ever player in the Bundesliga to score in the first 11 games of the German top-flight, Lewandowski turned his sights to the Champions League. Having scored on each of the four matchdays of the season's competition, the prolific Pole blitzed four second-half goals past a hapless Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, to become the fastest scorer of a Champions League quadruple.

In the process, Lewandowski joined Messi as the only players in the history of the Champions League to register multiple four- (or more) goal hauls.

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Published 27 Nov 2019, 12:47 IST
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