After scoring a hat-trick and providing an assist in Benfica's win over Eintracht Frankfurt (4-2) in the 1st leg of the Europa League quarterfinals, João Félix did not only score his first goal in UEFA competitions but has also became the youngest Portuguese ever to score three goals in a European game, according to the platform Playmakerstats.
A magical evening for the team and for the eagles’ number 79, that began at 21' from the penalty spot after a foul on Gedson.
22 minutes later (at 43'), the red striker provided a new explosion of joy in the stands of the Estádio da Luz. He delivered a powerful shot from the edge of the box and score the goal of the evening.
João Félix automatically became the youngest player ever (19 years, 5 months and 2 days) to score a brace for the eagles in European competitions. He exceeded the records of Eusébio who had also done so in 1962, at 20 years and 29 days, and Rui Jordão (1972) at 19 years, 7 months and 14 days.
At 54' The player nurtured at Caixa Futebol Campus scored the fourth goal of the eagles in the match, the third to his personal tally.
The eagles' number 79 thus became the youngest Portuguese ever to score three goals (hat-trick) in European competitions, overcoming Eusébio.
Text: Diogo Nascimento
Pics: Isabel Cutileiro and João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica