Joaquin becomes La Liga's oldest hat-trick hero in win over Bilbao




Joaquin became La Liga
Joaquin became La Liga's oldest scorer of a hat-trick on Sunday as Real Betis beat Athletic Bilbao  

Madrid (AFP) - Real Betis captain Joaquin became the oldest player to score a La Liga hat-trick after he inspired his team to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 on Sunday.

At 38 years and 140 days old, Joaquin hit his first ever hat-trick and surpassed Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano, whose record as the oldest scorer of one in La Liga had stood for 55 years.

Joaquin also became only the seventh player in the league's history to score a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes of a match, after he found the net in the second, 11th and 20th minutes at the Benito Villamarin.

Betis almost surrendered their advantage but held on for the win after Inaki Williams had converted a penalty and then Yuri Berchiche added a second for Bilbao with 15 minutes left.

Joaquin, who has 51 caps for Spain, began his professional career at Betis and made an emotional return to the club in 2015, after spells at Valencia, Malaga and Fiorentina.

In total, he now has 72 goals in 533 La Liga appearances.

The forward's latest match-winning contribution helped Betis climb to 11th in the table after a third consecutive victory.

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