Former Arsenal star player Aubameyang, who joined Barcelona recently has set a new record following his hat-trick in his first La Liga start. The Gabon international opened the scoring for Xavi’s side before Frenkie de Jong tapped in a second. He then scored his brace from close range, despite a VAR check for offside.
Aubameyang Scores First Hat-trick in Barca
Carlos Soler pulled one back before Aubameyang notched a fortunate third. Substitute Pedri appeared to have scored Barcelona’s fourth but his powerful 25-yard effort glanced Aubameyang’s back on its way in. The goal was initially given to 19-year-old Pedri but was later awarded to Aubameyang.
He could have added a fourth goal late on when a ball fell his way in the box, only for home keeper Giorgi Mamardashvili to deny the 32-year-old. The striker is the first player in the 21st century to score a hat-trick in Bundesliga, Ligue 1, English Premier League and Spanish La Liga.
Commenting on his performance, Barca playmaker Sergio Busquets said: “Since Aubameyang arrived, he has been working hard. We know he hasn’t played many minutes this season.” He also said: “He is a fabulous player and having him in the squad, having come here for free, is really positive for us.”
Barca manager Xavi will be thrilled with his side’s efficiency as they extended their unbeaten run in the league, which now stretches back to 4 December. They are now in the fourth place position with a game at hand still to play.