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

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.

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.

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Real Betis 3, Athletic Club 2.

Full Time

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

Booking

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

Foul by Unai López (Athletic Club).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Andrés Guardado (Real Betis).

Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Unai Simón.

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.

Hand ball by Yuri (Athletic Club).

Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Unai Simón.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Mikel San José (Athletic Club).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Gaizka Larrazabal replaces Ander Capa.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Javi García replaces Edgar González.

Booking

Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club).

Zouhair Feddal (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Borja Iglesias replaces Loren Morón.

Goal!

Goal! Real Betis 3, Athletic Club 2. Yuri (Athletic Club) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Unai López following a set piece situation.

Booking

Wilfrid Kaptoum (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Íñigo Martínez (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wilfrid Kaptoum (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Wilfrid Kaptoum replaces Diego Lainez.

Foul by Kenan Kodro (Athletic Club).

Edgar González (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Álex Moreno (Real Betis) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joaquín.

Foul by Dani García (Athletic Club).

Andrés Guardado (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Íñigo Martínez (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Loren Morón (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Mikel San José replaces Oihan Sancet.

Foul by Yuri (Athletic Club).

Marc Bartra (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Loren Morón (Real Betis) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Canales with a cross.

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