Thanks to his terrific performance against the Lions, C ڈیte d’Ivoire has only matched the achievements of a Dutch football legend.
Sebastian Haller’s four goals in Abex’s Sporting CP 5-1 saw him match Marco van Basten’s 29-year-old Champions League record.
Cote d’Ivoire became the second player in the history of international competition to score four goals in his first exhibition.
Prior to Ivorian bravery, the great Van Basten of the Netherlands was the only player to achieve that feat – the first time he achieved it during his spell at Serie A side AC Milan against IFK Gothenburg in November 1992.
Also, Heller’s bravery saw him become the first African player to score four times in a Champions League match.
Overall, he has been joined by Simon Enzagi, Dadu Perso, Rod van Nistelrooy, Andrei Shechenko, Lionel Messi, Buffettambi Gomez, Mario Gomez, Robert Lewandowski, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joseph Elisak and Oliver Giroud. Make runs Four goals in a match in the Europe Elite Club Tournament
The African star led the Sons of the Gods attack with Anthony and Dawson Tudk, while relying on the support of midfielders Edson Alvarez, Steven Burgess and Ryan Greiberch.
Two minutes after the game at Estadio Jose Alvalade, he pushed Ajax forward after Anjoni’s shot had been deflected to the post.
Haller completed his brace seven minutes after tapping Anthony’s assist near trapped goalkeeper Antonio Adan.
In the first half full of goals, the hosts pulled one back through Paulinho, who passed Mathis Luiz’s pass to goalkeeper Remco Passaver to give Robin Amorim’s men a glimmer of hope.
Stephen Burgess restored Ajax’s two-goal advantage and converted a superb pass from Ryan Greiberch six minutes before the final half-time break.
In the 51st minute, Anthony’s beautiful pass for Haller saw the former West Ham United catch their first hat trick. He was not finished yet as he scored Ajax’s fifth goal three minutes after the hour mark, thanks to the help of Nosir Mazrawi.
He was on the parade from start to finish, and in the 70th minute, Mazrawi was replaced by Devin Renesh.
For Sporting Lisbon, Morocco’s Zuhair Fidel played for all 90 minutes, while Cape Verde star Juan Cabral – who was in the starting XI – lost to Pablo Serbia in the 46th minute.