Record breaker, history maker! Salah nets fastest-ever Champions League hat-trick in Liverpool's Rangers rout
- Egyptian started on bench
- Introduced with 22 minutes left
- Scored three in six minutes
WHAT HAPPENED? Substitute Salah made Champions League history as he came off the bench to score three times in six minutes and 12 seconds in the 7-1 rout of Rangers in the Champions League - the fastest hat-trick in the history of the competition.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Salah had been left out of the starting line-up, but singlehandedly took the scoreline from 3-1 to 6-1 in a matter of minutes - first prodding home from the angle, then stopping the ball to beat two defenders before planting it into the net, and finally sweeping home a trademark finish from the edge of the box. All three goals were assisted by the same player, Diogo Jota - the first time that's happened since 2012.
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DID YOU KNOW? Salah's hat-trick time of six minutes and 12 seconds beats the record previously set by Bafetimbi Gomis, who netted three in eight minutes for Lyon against Dinamo Zagreb in the 2011-12 Champions League group stage. Salah also required the fewest touches to get his goals out of any Champions League hat-trick ever scored.
6 minutes, 12 seconds ⏰— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 12, 2022
The fastest #UCL hat-trick in history. Special. 🇪🇬👑 pic.twitter.com/CrNVW4PL96
Six minutes and 12 seconds for a hat-trick. The fastest in Champions League history.@MoSalah #LFC #RANLIV #UCL pic.twitter.com/Gb8dhJM7Az— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) October 12, 2022
6 minutes and 12 second hat-trick for Mo Salah after coming off the bench 🤯— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 12, 2022
WHAT NEXT FOR SALAH? Back in goalscoring form, Salah will be expecting start and hoping to star when the Reds take on Pep Guardiola's Man City in a Premier League blockbuster on Sunday.