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2019-2020 LaLiga
  • Joaquín (2', 11', 20')
  • Iñaki Williams (44' PEN)
  • Yuri Berchiche (75')

Real Betis' Joaquin is oldest player to net La Liga hat trick in win over Athletic Bilbao

Real Betis captain Joaquin became the oldest player to score a hat trick in La Liga history on Sunday, scoring three times in the opening 20 minutes as his side went on to defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1.

The 38-year-old midfielder struck just two minutes in, then again in the 11th and 20th minutes to give the home team a commanding lead, with Inaki Williams' penalty on the stroke of half-time proving nothing more than a consolation for the visitors.

Prior to Sunday, Spaniard Joaquin -- who is in his second spell at his boyhood club -- had scored three goals in La Liga this season. He had never before scored a hat trick.

The treble saw him break the record held by the late Alfredo di Stefano, whose last hat trick came in 1964 when he was 37.

"I have never been a big goalscorer, so to score three goals against a side like Athletic makes me very proud," Joaquin said after the match.

"Especially at my age, which makes it even harder. It's the first hat-trick of my life and I don't think I'll be able to get another one."

The win was Betis' third in a row and saw them rise to 11th in the table.

Meanwhile, the result dealt a blow to Bilbao, who were on a four-match winning streak and would have gone fourth in La Liga with a win.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 20 +27 43
2 Real Madrid 20 +25 43
3 Atletico Madrid 20 +8 35
4 Sevilla FC 20 +5 35
5 Getafe 20 +9 33
6 Athletic Bilbao 21 +7 31
7 Real Sociedad 20 +5 31
8 Valencia 20 +1 31
9 Villarreal 20 +6 28
10 Osasuna 21 +3 28
11 Granada 20 -1 27
12 Real Betis 20 -3 27
13 Levante 21 -6 26
14 Alavés 20 -8 23
15 Real Valladolid 20 -6 22
16 Eibar 20 -9 22
17 Mallorca 20 -12 18
18 Celta Vigo 20 -13 16
19 Espanyol 21 -21 15
20 Leganes 20 -17 14