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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Mertens breaks 42 year-old Serie A record and scores this sublime chip over Joe Hart

The Belgian forward has scored back-to-back hat-tricks for Napoli.

driesmertens-cropped_1ah3pytydwxo41pcv2u9lgdunu Dries Mertens salutes the Napoli supporters

DRIES MERTENS BECAME the first player to score back-to-back Serie A hat-tricks in over 42 years last night and his sublime chip over Joe Hart was the standout strike of the game.

Belgian forward Mertens weighed in with four goals in Napoli’s thrilling 5-3 win over Torino last night.

Mertens had scored three times in the 5-0 battering of Cagliari last week and took home another match ball at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday.

The pick of the bunch was his goal ten minutes from time with this superb lob as English goalkeeper Joe Hart was left helpless.

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Mertens, playing in a central role with Arkadiusz Milik still sidelined by a knee injury, needed just nine first-half minutes to clinch his hat-trick as Napoli raced into a 3-0 lead after 22 minutes.

In doing so, the 29-year-old matched the remarkable achievement of Pietro Anastasi who scored consecutive hat-tricks for Juventus in May 1974, with Mertens the first to manage the feat since Opta records began in the 1994-95 season.

The former PSV man then later became the first player to score four goals in a Serie A match since Domenico Berardi against AC Milan in January 2014.

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