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Real Betis 3-2 Athletic Bilbao: Joaquin hits hat-trick aged 38

Joaquin has played 533 La Liga games

Real Betis' legendary captain Joaquin is showing no signs of slowing down after netting his first career hat-trick at 38 years and 140 days old.

Winger Joaquin opened the scoring in the second minute against an Athletic Bilbao side with the best defensive record in La Liga.

Having curled in his second after 11 minutes, he fired in again to complete an 18-minute treble after 20 minutes.

That saw him become the oldest player to score a La Liga hat-trick.

Joaquin's early goals proved the difference as Yuri Berchiche added to Inaki Williams' penalty late on to make for a nervous final 15 minutes for the hosts.

Oldest hat-trick scorers across Europe's top-five leagues
CountryPlayer Age
SpainJoaquin38 years and 140 days
Germany Claudio Pizarro37 years and 151 days
EnglandTeddy Sheringham37 years and 146 days
ItalySilvio Piola 37 years and 51 days
FranceTony Cascarino37 years and 31 days

Achieving the feat in his 533rd Spanish top-flight game, Joaquin broke Alfredo di Stefano's record as the competition's oldest hat-trick scorer which had stood for 55 years.

Donato remains the oldest La Liga goalscorer, and Joaquin will need to score again in two years' time to beat that.

Joaquin also jumps ahead of those to score hat-tricks deep into their careers across Europe's top leagues.

In the Premier League, Teddy Sheringham is both the oldest goalscorer at 40 years and 268 days, and the oldest hat-trick scorer at 37 years and 146 days.

Claudio Pizarro still leads the way in the Bundesliga, while former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino remains Ligue 1's oldest hat-trick scorer.


Real Betis

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Robles
  • 22Leite de Souza Junior
  • 5Bartra
  • 4Feddal
  • 15Moreno Lopera
  • 32GonzálezSubstituted forGarcía Fernándezat 80'minutes
  • 20LainezSubstituted forKaptoumat 73'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 10Canales
  • 18GuardadoBooked at 90mins
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 16MorónSubstituted forIglesiasat 77'minutes


  • 3García Fernández
  • 9Iglesias
  • 11Tello
  • 13Martín Fernández
  • 19Barragán
  • 21Kaptoum
  • 37Gutiérrez

Ath Bilbao

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Simón
  • 21CapaSubstituted forLarrazabalat 82'minutes
  • 5Álvarez
  • 4Martínez
  • 17Berchiche Izeta
  • 14García Carrillo
  • 8LópezBooked at 90mins
  • 9WilliamsBooked at 77mins
  • 34SancetSubstituted forSan Joséat 69'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 11CórdobaSubstituted forNúñezat 45'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 23Kodro


  • 3Núñez
  • 6San José
  • 12Larrazabal
  • 13Herrerín
  • 15Lekue
  • 19Gómez
  • 25Villalibre
Valentín Pizarro Gómez

Match Stats

Home TeamReal BetisAway TeamAth Bilbao
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Betis 3, Athletic Club 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Betis 3, Athletic Club 2.

  3. Booking

    Unai López (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Unai López (Athletic Club).

  5. Post update

    Joaquín (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Booking

    Andrés Guardado (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Dani García (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Andrés Guardado (Real Betis).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Unai Simón.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joaquín (Real Betis) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Borja Iglesias.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Yuri (Athletic Club).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Unai Simón.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Borja Iglesias (Real Betis) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Booking

    Mikel San José (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wilfrid Kaptoum (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joaquín.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mikel San José (Athletic Club).

  17. Post update

    Borja Iglesias (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yuri (Athletic Club) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Iñaki Williams.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Gaizka Larrazabal replaces Ander Capa.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Betis. Javi García replaces Edgar González.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 8th December 2019

As It Stood

2Real Madrid15104132112134
4Real Sociedad168352618827
6Ath Bilbao167541912726
7Atl Madrid166821610626
11Real Betis166462227-522
14Real Valladolid164751418-419
18Celta Vigo163491223-1113
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