Group stage, 2011-12

Australian Four Four Two - - FEATURES -

Hands up if you can tell us who scored the Cham­pi­ons League’s fastest hat-trick. Hands up if you were at a freez­ing cold Mak­simir Sta­dium that De­cem­ber night to watch Lyon front­man Bafe­timbi Gomis put hosts Di­namo Za­greb to the sword 7-1. Need­ing a sec­ond-placed Ajax to lose against Real Madrid and a seven-goal swing to reach the knock­out stage, Lyon trailed to Ma­teo Ko­vacic’s re­bound be­fore all goalscor­ing hell broke loose. Gomis tapped in on half-time, Maxime Gon­alons scored in the 47th minute and then the former bagged an­other two in the 48th and 52nd to se­cure his hat-trick. Lisan­dro Lopez, Jimmy Briand and a fourth ef­fort from Gomis com­pleted the mas­sacre. Ajax lost 3-0 and so Lyon pro­gressed. Di­namo sacked boss Krunoslav Jur­cic after­wards, apol­o­gis­ing to fans “for the em­bar­rass­ment”. FFT’s ’s poor fin­gers have only just re­cov­ered, six years later.

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