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5 Fastest Hat-Tricks in World Football

It's been 11 years since one of English football's lesser-known achievements.

James Hayter of Bournemouth came on as a late substitution in a Division Two (now League One) match against Wrexham at Dean Court on February 24, 2004, and scored three goals in 140 seconds.

It shattered a 61-year-old record for the fastest hat-trick in English football history, and it's got us wondering about other trebles from the millenium.

Here are 5 of the fastest hat-tricks we've ever seen, along with some additional information on Hayter's performance.

Keep your gaze fixed on them.

1. Rawson Springs vs. Winn Gardens, Alex Torr, 2013.

70 second timer

Alex Torr, a Sheffield Sunday League footballer, has everyone on this list beaten, having scored an incredible 70-second hat-trick in a match in 2013.

Torr scored four goals in a 7-1 victory for his team, with his first three coming in an incredible 11-minute span when the defense couldn't handle him.

More on the 20-year-achievement old's can be found in the Daily Mirror, which everyone on this list can only appreciated

2. Egypt vs. Namibia, 2001, Abdul Hamid


1 minute and 57 seconds

The fastest-ever World Cup hat-trick—a treble scored by Egypt's Abdul Hamid Bassiouny against Namibia in a qualifier for the 2002 event in Japan and South Korea—comes in just under Hayter's time.

Bassiouny's 117-second trifecta in the 8-2 triumph was his only three goals for his country, according to FIFA, who have a list of remarkable hat-tricks here.

Not a bad impression.

3. HJK Helsinki vs. IFK Mariehamn, Joel Pohjanpalo, 2012

Time: under 3 minutes, 2012.

A hat-trick in under three minutes is a good way to make an impression in senior football.

In HJK Helsinki's opening encounter of the 2012 Finnish League season, seventeen-year-old Joel Pohjanpalo accomplished just that, putting IFK Mariehamn to the sword in under three minutes, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.

Pohjanpalo's achievement drew widespread attention, and he earned his senior Finnish debut later that year before a brief stint with Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

4. Sevilla vs. Sabadell, Iago Aspas, 2014

Time: 4 minutes

Iago Aspas was a comic figure when he joined Liverpool on the outskirts of a team that came close to winning the Premier League in 2013/14, but his loan move to Sevilla this season has gone better.

According to ESPN, Aspas, who has only scored once for Liverpool, scored three goals in four minutes as Sevilla defeated lower league team Sabadell 5-1 in the Copa Del Rey in December, eclipsing Robbie Fowler's legendary Liverpool treble from 20 years ago.

The second is perhaps the best, but Reds supporters may find it difficult to believe what they're witnessing.

5. Alanyaspor vs. Fenerbahce, Mateja

Kezman, 2008

5 minute time limit

Mateja Kezman may have failed to impress at Chelsea, but the Serbian was a thorn in the side for Fenerbache in a Turkish Cup encounter against lower-league Alanyaspor in 2008.

Fener thrashed their feeble opponents 10-3 at home, with Kezman netting three goals in five minutes to lift the score from 6-3 to 9-3, before Colin Kazim-Richards steals the show with a breathtaking strike for number ten.

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