From Andre Moritz to Dimitri Petratos: Memorable hat-tricks in Hero ISL history
We have decided to dive in a bit of nostalgia and handpick the top most memorable hat-tricks in Hero ISL history:
Over the years, we’ve witnessed many talented forwards, both domestic and overseas who have made their mark in the Hero ISL, but very few have managed to come up with some stunning individual performances in one game.
A hat-trick is one such special feat for any player, and we’ve witnessed many players who have managed to steal the show with their attacking prowess. In nine editions of the Hero ISL so far, we have witnessed a total of 32 hat-tricks. Dimitri Petratos netted the first one of the ongoing season as ATK Mohun Bagan brushed aside Kerala Blasters in a seven-goal thriller in Kochi on Sunday.
On that not we have decided to dive in a bit of nostalgia and handpick the top most memorable hat-tricks in Hero ISL history:
Andre Moritz vs FC Pune City
Andre Moritz wrote his way into the history books by netting the first Hero ISL hat-trick during Mumbai City FC’s 5-0 win over FC Pune City. Moritz netted a brace inside 27 minutes and then scored in the second half to complete his hat-trick.
It was also Mumbai City FC’s first-ever Hero ISL home fixture and Moritz ensured he sent the fans back home happy. Incidentally, it happened to be the first hat-trick for the Brazilian in his professional football career. Moritz revealed the atmosphere in Navi Mumbai that night was one of his best moments.
“I scored a hat-trick with thousands of people in the stadium. I cannot tell you how blinding it was; it’s one of the best memories I have in my life because the stadium was just bouncing with people,” Moritz said in an interview.
Stiven Mendoza vs FC Goa
Mendoza struck the first hat-trick during the 2015 edition as Chennaiyin FC stunned FC Goa 4-0 away at the Fatorda Stadium.
Fatorda proved to be a happy hunting ground for Mendoza once again as he scored the winner in a dramatic final against the same opposition. Mendoza ended the season as the top scorer with 13 goals as Chennaiyin FC clinched their first Hero ISL title.
Sunil Chhetri vs NorthEast United FC
Sunil Chhetri made history by becoming the first Indian to score a hat-trick in the Hero ISL, which came in the 2015 edition.
Chhetri converted twice from the spot and scored another one from open play as he completed his hat-trick in just 23 minutes against NorthEast United FC. Chhetri finished the season as the top Indian goalscorer and Mumbai City FC’s leading scorer with 7 strikes.
Dudu Omagbemi vs Mumbai City FC
Nigeria’s Dudu Omagbemi became the first African to score a Hero ISL hat-trick as FC Goa secured a memorable 7-0 win against Mumbai City FC. Thongkhosiem Haokip also netted a hat-trick in the same match, but Dudu was simply unstoppable that night as he took just 25 minutes to complete his hat-trick. His ruthlessness in front of goal put the result beyond MCFC’s reach and FC Goa piled further more misery on their opponents. That result still remains the biggest win margin in Hero ISL history.
Diego Forlan vs Kerala Blasters
Forlan struck the first hat-trick of the Hero ISL 2016 season as Mumbai City FC secured a memorable victory over Kerala Blasters at the Mumbai Football Arena. Forlan completed his hat-trick within 63 minutes to deflate KBFC as the hosts romped to a 5-0 win.
Forlan helped Mumbai finish top of the league that season, but the Islanders unfortunately bowed out in the semi-finals.
Marcelinho vs FC Goa
Marcelinho displayed his Brazilian spark as he netted a brilliant hat-trick against FC Goa for Delhi Dynamos FC during their 5-1 win in the 2016 edition of the Hero ISL.
FC Goa had taken the lead, but Marcelino restored parity for his side with a well-taken strike followed by two stunning goals - one from distance, and one that was a pure piece of skill. He completed his hat-trick in just 18 minutes, which was the quickest at that point of time since inception. Marcelinho ended the season as the league’s top scorer with 10 goals and his exploits helped Delhi Dynamos FC reach the semi-final.
Iain Hume vs Delhi Dynamos FC
Iain Hume was on fire, scoring in a scintillating hat-trick in Kerala Blasters’ 3-1 win against Delhi Dynamos FC away from home. The Canadian netted once in the opening half and twice late in the second half to seal the deal for the visitors.
This was Hume’s third hat-trick in the history of the league after previously scoring two hat-tricks for ATK during the 2015 edition.
Ferran Corominas vs Kerala Blasters FC
Ferran Corominas put on a masterclass show, scoring the quickest hat-trick in Hero ISL history during the 2017-18 campaign in just seven minutes. His exploits in front of goal saw FC Goa score five and get the better of Kerala Blasters in a seven-goal thriller. With that feat, the Spaniard also surpassed Marcelinho’s record of the quickest Hero ISL hat-trick which was set in the 2016 edition.
Coro was at his clinical best in the second half as he netted his first goal of the evening in the 48th minute and he sealed his hat-trick in the 55th minute. He remains FC Goa’s leading goalscorer in the Hero ISL till date with 48 strikes to his name.
Bartholomew Ogbeche vs Chennaiyin FC
One of the most-feared strikers to grace the league, Bart Ogbeche netted the first hat-trick of the Hero ISL 2019-20 season. Bart Ogbeche’s heroics for Kerala Blasters eventually went in vain as Chennaiyin FC emerged winners in a nine-goal thriller in Kochi, but the Nigerian saved the blushes for the side by scoring all three goals for his side.
Chennaiyin FC entered the second half leading by three goals. However, Ogbeche reduced the deficit by just a goal during the latter stages, before CFC scored two more. At present, Ogbeche holds the record for the joint-most hat-tricks in Hero ISL history alongside Iain Hume.
Kiyan Nassiri vs SC East Bengal
Kiyan Nassiri announced himself in Indian football, scoring a terrific hat-trick off the bench for ATK Mohun Bagan in the Kolkata Derby against SC East Bengal last season. Son of former East Bengal FC legend Jamshed Nassiri, Kiyan stole the show as the Mariners rallied from a goal down to earn the bragging rights.
In the process, Nassiri became the youngest player to net a hat-trick in the history of the Hero ISL.
“After the Kolkata Derby, I think for me personally only a few aspects have changed. I still do the same things I would before. I am definitely more grateful to my team, our supporters and the club for all the love and support they showered on me. I also feel that now I must work harder and do better each day because I want to do better than I did last season,” he said in an interview.