6 Surprising Hat-Trick Heroes Following Coutinho's Treble Against Spartak Moscow

As brilliant as Philippe Coutinho is and while he does bag a goal here and there, he certainly wouldn't be many people's pick for a hat-trick. 


But he did just that on Wednesday night, bagging a superb treble in the Reds 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League. 


It was a bit of a surprise to see the little Brazilian take home the match ball, so here's six more surprising hat-trick heroes over the years...

6. Christian Eriksen (Rep. of Ireland 1-5 Denmark, 2018 World Cup Play-Off)

Christian Eriksen has been brilliant for Tottenham in their title challenging seasons, so even 20 goals in those two seasons is arguably exceeding expectations for the Dane. In a crunch World Cup qualifier in which the visitors had equalised, it very much became the Eriksen show as the midfielder put his nation in front with a superb first time curler which went in off the bar.


The second half was even better, with Eriksen taking one touch and curling another stunning shot past Darren Randolph before running onto a loose ball and blasting a bullet of a shot into the top corner to complete a remarkable treble, a trio of goals which would make any goal of the month list.

5. Xabi Prieto (Real Madrid 4-3 Real Sociedad, 2012/13 La Liga)

If you score a hat-trick at the Bernabeu against the mighty Real Madrid, you probably expect to come away with a win. Sadly for Sociedad's right midfielder Xabi Prieto, that wasn't the case. Despite a fresh faced Antoine Griezmann alongside him, Prieto stepped up to equalise from a penalty, before levelling for a second time after a deflection fell for him and he finished with great composure to make it 2-2.


A quickfire double from CR7 looked to have finished Sociedad off, but Prieto ensured he left with the headlines after being played through and coolly completing his hat-trick with great precision in a sensational day for the then 28-year-old.

4. Riyad Mahrez (Swansea 0-3 Leicester, 2015/16 Premier League)

Pretty much everything that could have gone Leicester's way did in the 2015/16 season, especially the electrifying displays of Riyad Mahrez. Not a goalscorer by trade, the Algerian had quite the day on a cold December afternoon in South Wales. For his opener the winger, who certainly isn't the most physically imposing, got up to a corner to head the Foxes in front.


He then latched onto a brilliant N'Golo Kante pass to coolly slot home number two, and then it was Jamie Vardy who played in the unplayable Mahrez who slotted past Lukasz Fabianski to complete a superb treble. Not bad considering Jamie Vardy was alongside him, and had scored in 11 straight games beforehand.

3. Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas, 2007/08 Champions League)

Despite being regarded as a playmaker due to his skill yet diminutive size, Yossi Benayoun actually scored a hat-trick of hat-tricks for Liverpool. His first for the Reds was arguably the most surprising one however. A must win for Liverpool against Besiktas, it was already 1-0 when the Israeli superbly controlled Andriy Voronin's cross and smashed in the second.


After half time, he was in the right place at the right time to tuck home the third from a rebound, and it was deja vu soon after when he latched onto another rebound from a free kick to complete a brilliant treble, something he would go on do twice more in games against Havant & Waterlooville and Burnley respectively. Add two assists to his performance as well, really quite the night for Benayoun.

2. Santi Cazorla (Reading 2-5 Arsenal, 2012/13 Premier League)

At a time where Santi Cazorla was quickly building his reputation as a star in North London, he had quite the night in Berkshire. Arsenal were already 1-0 up when the 5ft 4" midfielder stooped down to shock many with a brilliant header to double the lead, surely becoming the shortest ever player to score a headed goal in the top flight in the process.


The central attacking midfielder then scored a superb second with a brilliant shot on the turn, and completed a wonderful hat-trick with a routine tap-in after a cut back in the second half. For a player so short and usually so reliant on his trickery on the ball, it was a stunning hat-trick which showed his ability to adapt to any situation in the box.

1. Layvin Kurzawa (PSG 5-0 Anderlecht, 2017/18 Champions League Group Stage)

It's quite something when despite having an attacking that boasts £200m Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler it's PSG's left-back that takes home the match ball. The game was all but done with the Parisians 2-0 up, but the second half belonged to the full-back once he tucked home a rebound from a free kick.


A brilliant cross by Dani Alves allowed Kurzawa to wonderfully head home a diving header, before bombing forward and smashing home his third, leaving viewers stunned as the most unlikeliest of players bagged himself the match ball and the headlines.


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