For the first time in 28 years, three players scored hat tricks on the same day in the English Premier League (EPL).
South Korean soccer icon Son Heung-min (Tottenham), current top striker Elling Holland (Manchester City), and Irish “God” Evan Ferguson (Brighton), born in 2004, are the main characters.
Son scored goals in the 16th, 18th, and 21st minutes to lead Tottenham to a 5-2 victory over Burnley in the fourth round of the 2023-2024 EPL at Turf Moor in Burnley, England, on Feb. 2 (local time).
Holland also rattled the net in the 13th and 25th minutes at home to Fulham on the same day, completing his hat-trick in stoppage time by finishing off a grounded cross from Sergio Gomes.
Behind Holland’s brace, Manchester City cruised to a 5-1 victory.
Ferguson was also on fire at home against Newcastle United.
After tasting a goal in the 27th minute, he rattled the net in the 20th and 25th minutes of the second half to complete a 3-1 win for Brighton & Hove Albion.
There has only been one previous occasion in the EPL where three hat tricks were scored on the same day, according to soccer record-keeping company Opta.
Robbie Fowler, Alan Shearer, and Tony Yeboah, who played for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, and Leeds United, scored a hat trick at the same time on September 23, 1995.
At the time, Liverpool beat Bolton Wanderers 5-2, Blackburn beat Coventry City 5-2, and Leeds defeated Wimbledon FC 4-2.
Son Heung-min repeated his hat trick of goals from last season to lead Tottenham to their third straight win. It was the fourth hat trick of his EPL career.
Manchester City also moved into sole possession of first place at the top of the table with an opening four-game winning streak.
With six goals in four games, Holland has moved to the top of the scoring charts. It was Holland’s fifth hat trick in the Premier League since last season.
Holland also scored 36 goals last season, setting the EPL record for most goals in a season and winning the title of top scorer.
Ferguson, who got the new season off to a flying start with a goal just before the end of the opening game against Luton Town (4-1), added three more goals to move into second place behind Holland. 안전카지노사이트