In the match between East Bengal SC and FC Goa in the 2022-2023 season of the Hero ISL, fans witnessed an event for the history books as Iker Guarrotxena achieved a hat-trick in lightning-quick succession. This display shows the potential and the electrifying intensity of the football played in India. In light of this feat, let us take a look at the fastest hat tricks that have occurred in the ISL since its inception. We are basing our list on the time taken between scoring the first goal and the third goal.
5. Marcelinho – Delhi Dynamos vs FC Goa – 18 minutes
In 2016, Marcelinho was a force to be reckoned with. The now-retired footballer played for the erstwhile team Delhi Dynamos. The Brazilian made a brilliant display of his ruthless attacking power against FC Goa on 27 November 2016 as Delhi Dynamos thrashed FC Goa for a 5-1 victory. He scored a hat trick in that match and it was fast enough to deserve its spot as one of the fastest hat tricks in the history of the league.
Marcelinho’s first goal came when he converted a free kick in the 38th minute. His next goal was a screamer that came from outside the box and ricocheted off the post into the goal as Laxmikant Kattimani left anguishing. Marcelino’s third goal came in the 56th minute and saw him effortlessly maneuver the ball past the keeper’s hands after an incredible long pass by Marcos Tebar.
4. Roy Krishna – ATK vs Odisha FC- 14 minutes
Next on the list, we have Roy Krishna’s hat trick from the match between ATK and Odisha FC on 8th February 2020. The striker from Fiji showed why he is one of the best in the league as he scored a hat-trick within just 14 minutes. The first half of the match was exciting but neither team managed to score a goal.
The first goal of the match came in the 49th minute when Roy Krishna helped convert a corner into a goal. His powerful shot left no chance for the goalkeeper who could not stop the goal despite his best efforts. His next goal was an amazing solo effort as he ran past the defender and effortlessly chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net. His third and final goal was in the 63rd minute. ATK went on to win the match 3-1.
3. Iker Guarrotxena – FC Goa vs East Bengal SC – 12 minutes
On 26th January 2023, in the match between FC Goa and East Bengal SC, Iker Guarrotxena achieved a hat-trick in a lightning-fast 12 minutes. Guarrotxena’s first goal was scored in the 11th minute. The Gaur’s almost fumbled that attempt but Guarrotxena made sure the ball found the net. His next goal was a glancing header that went in and he was credited with the goal. He netted his third goal which culminated from a corner in the 23rd minute. FC Goa won the match 4-2.
2. Bartholomew Ogbeche – Chennaiyin FC vs NorthEast United FC – 10 minutes
The second fastest hat-trick scored in the ISL since its inception is credited to Bartholomew Ogbeche. The Nigerian who is now renowned as a striker non-pareil, having scored the most goals in the ISL, had begun his career in the country playing for NorthEast United FC. The first goal, scored in the 29th minute, served as a relief for NEUFC who had conceded 2 goals against Chennaiyin.
Bartholomew’s persistence in the box led to the ball slipping past the keeper. The next goal was an excellent display of teamwork as Ogbeche converted a great pass into an opportunity that he cashed in on. The third goal followed the previous one in quick succession. His skill and speed could not be matched by the defense as he shot past them after receiving the ball and went on to score a truly elegant goal. His efforts equalized the score and led to their victory 4-3 over Chennaiyin who were dominant for the majority of the match.
1. Ferran Corominas – FC Goa vs Kerala Blasters – 7 minutes
ISL legend, Ferran Corominas, displayed some of the best football seen in India and the ISL. He played for FC Goa and in their match against Kerala Blasters in 2017 he scored a hat-trick in such quick fashion, his record has remained unchallenged for almost 6 years. The first goal by ‘Coro’ came in the second half in the 47th minute. He slipped past KBFC’s defense and flicked it past the goalkeeper. The next goal was an effortless one as he gracefully guided the ball past the defense and into the back of the net. The final goal was in the 54th minute as he tapped in a cross from Manuel Lanzarote. FC Goa went on to win the match 5-2.
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