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Paris Saint-Germain left-back breaks incredible Champions League record 

The French giants have world-class talent all over the pitch

We pretty much expected Paris Saint-Germain to thrash Anderlecht this evening.

With the likes of Neymar, Edison Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria turning out for the Parisians, the Belgium side didn’t really stand much of a chance, did they?


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Not a bad bunch, are they?

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Not a bad bunch, are they?

Unsurprisingly then, the game finished 5-0 to the French giants – but it was none of the names above who hit the headlines by scoring an impressive hat-trick.

In fact, PSG’s hero of the night wasn’t an attacking player, or even a midfield – but left-back Layvin Kurzawa.

Yup, really.

Trois

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Trois

The France international bagged a terrific treble in the second-half to add to the goals scored by Marco Verratti and Neymar in the opening 45 minutes.

And with that hat-trick, Kurzawa has reached a couple of pretty impressive milestones.

Firstly (and perhaps controversially), the former Monaco man has become the first defender to score a hat-trick in the Champions League.

But hang on, what about Gareth Ba… NOPE.

Bale – who famously embarrassed Inter’s Maicon by hitting three goals in Tottenham’s Champions League clash at the San Siro back in 2010 – had moved from his previous left-back position to the left-wing by that point, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto playing behind him in the defensive role.


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Similarly, Levan Kobiashvili was playing as a left-wingback when he scored three goals in Schalke’s win over PSV back in 2005.

We’ve done our research, folks.

Not bad… for a left-midfielder

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Not bad… for a left-midfielder

What’s more, Kurzawa is only the second PSG player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League.

The other guy?

Who else but Zlatan.

Are you really surprised?

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Are you really surprised?

It seems PSG have some pretty prolific full-backs in their side, with Kurzawa’s fellow full-back Thomas Meunier bagging a hat-trick for Belgium a little while ago.

Looks like PSG have got goalscorers all over the park.