Goal rush: A look at the fastest hat-tricks in Hero ISL history
Scoring a hat-trick is not an easy feat and doing it in a record-setting time takes a lot of skill and perfection. Since the inception of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), a total of 35 hat-tricks have been scored so far with Iker Guarrotxena being the latest entrant on the list.
Following Guarrotxena’s first-half treble against East Bengal FC in the Matchweek 17 of the ISL 2022-23 season, we take a look at the top five fastest hat-tricks in Hero ISL history.
1. Ferran Corominas
FC Goa 5-2 Kerala Blasters FC
9 December 2017
Ferran Corominas was a force of nature when he was fully in rhythm. And that force felt more lethal when Kerala Blasters FC visited FC Goa in December 2017.
The game was evenly poised at 2-2 at the end of the first half before Coro made his presence felt in stunning fashion. The Spaniard went on to score a hat-trick in the second half and it took him just 8 minutes to do so, a feat yet to be beaten in the Hero ISL.
In the 48th minute, Coro capitalized on a mistake from the Blasters' keeper and calmly slotted into the back of the net. Four minutes later, the Spaniard scored again as he cheekily dinked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper. The third, which again, came after a four minute-gap, was a perfect example of his stupendous shooting ability.
2. Bartholomew Ogbeche
Chennaiyin FC 3-4 NorthEast United FC
18 October 2018
NorthEast United FC acquired the services of Bartholomew Ogbeche from Dutch side Willem II ahead of the 2018-19 ISL season. The Nigerian forward had an instant impact on the Highlanders as he scored 12 goals in his debut season in India.
Ogbeche led his side from the front as his side bounced back from a two-goal deficit to win a seven-goal thriller against Chennaiyin FC. It took him just 10 minutes to complete his hat-trick. He scored his first in the 29th minute which was a typical poacher’s goal.
The host regained their two-goal lead soon but the visitors scored again in the 37th minute to reduce the margin to 2-3. Two minutes later, Ogbeche leveled the score line with a perfectly timed shot.
3. Iker Guarrotxena
FC Goa 4-2 East Bengal FC
26 January, 2023
Guarrotxena has been a key cog for FC Goa in the ongoing season of the Hero ISL. A red hot hat-trick from the Spaniard helped his side to cement their position at the top half of the table.
Guarrotxena gave the home side an early lead when he found the back of the net from a close range in the 11th minute of the game. Ten minutes later, the attacking midfielder doubled his tally with a glancing header when Noah Sadaoui delivered a pin-point cross from the left flank. Guarrotxena completed his hat-trick just two minutes later with a delicate chip over East Bengal goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh.
4. Roy Krishna
ATK 3-1 Odisha FC
8 February, 2020
Roy Krishna was in full swing for ATK in the sixth season of Hero ISL. The Fijian provided a performance worth remembering that saw his side securing the top spot of the league, for the time being.
After a goalless first-half, the game livened up in the second half with the Kolkata side running riot over Odisha FC. The hosts took the lead in the 49th minute when Francisco Dorronsoro failed to reach Krishna’s sweetly timed shot at the far post. The forward doubled the lead at the hour mark with a perfect dinked over the Odisha custodian.
Three minutes later, Krishna scored his third goal of the game to complete a remarkable hat-trick.
Delhi Dynamos FC 5-1 FC Goa
27 November, 2016
Delhi Dynamos FC utterly demolished FC Goa back in 2018. The hosts went 0-1 down, and then their star striker Marcelinho unleashed his full potential on the Gaurs.
The Brazilian equalized from a clever free-kick routine in the 38th minute. He scored his second of the night with a stunning left-footed shot inside the four minutes of the second half. Marcelinho completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute by beating left-back Debabrata Roy and goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani with a superb solo effort.
Delhi Dynamos FC scored their final four goals in the space of nine minutes as the win put the home side in a strong position for the playoffs berth.
=5. Modou Sougou
Mumbai City FC 6-1 Kerala Blasters FC
16 December, 2018
Senegalese striker Modou Sougou smashed four goals past Kerala Blasters FC back in 2018. The first three of his goals took just over half an hour as he steamrollered through the Blasters' defence.
He scored his first in the 12th minute when he found the back of the net from Machado’s cross. Three minutes later, Sougou scored a screamer of a goal before completing his hat-trick at the half-an-hour mark from a Subhasish Bose cross. He scored his fourth and final goal of the game in the last minute of the stoppage time.
The gap between the two sides was already huge, but no one expected such a lethal scoreline at the Mumbai Football Arena that day. With this win, the Islanders extended their unbeaten run to eight games.