RC Lens striker Loïs Openda (23) scored a quick-fire hat-trick in the space of four minutes and 30 seconds during Les Sang et Or‘s 4-0 rout of Clermont this Sunday afternoon for Ligue 1 gameweek 27. As pointed out by L’Equipe, It is the fastest hat-trick in the French top flight since 1967. The previous record belonged to Lille’s Matt Moussilou who scored three in four minutes and 34 seconds against Istres in 2005.
Against the Auvergne side, Belgian international Openda scored his 10th, 11th and 12th goals of the season. First, he thwarted Mory Diaw by putting the ball between his legs from a tight angle. Then, he dispatched past the Clermont keeper after good work from Adrien Thomasson. Finally, as the hosts resumed proceedings, Openda forced a mistake from the defence to round past Diaw and make it three.
Alexis Claude-Maurice (24) scored Lens’ fourth goal in the second half. Lens have climbed up to third place to put pressure on Marseille, who host Strasbourg tonight at the Vélodrome.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval