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Lens striker Lois Openda scores fastest Ligue 1 hat trick (video)

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Leandro Trossard completes a first-half hat trick of assists, as his cross finds Martin Odegaard to slot Arsenal into a 3-0 lead against Fulham.

Lois Openda slid his first ball across the goal line at almost the same moment the clock hit 30:00.

He’d scored two more before it read 35:00, helping Lens to third place in Ligue 1 via a 4-0 away defeat of midtable Clermont Foot on Sunday.

The hat trick, you might guess, is the fastest in the history of Ligue 1.

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It took some rough defending from the hosts, sure, but Openda didn’t exactly have these goals gifted to him. The angle he needed to find to finish his sub-five-minute hat trick was anything but straightforward.

The twice-capped Belgium striker, 23, now has 12 goals in his first Ligue 1 season following a transfer from Club Brugge this summer.

Lens sits third, 12 points off leaders Paris Saint-Germain and well-positioned to play European football next season. They finished seventh in consecutive seasons after earning promotion to Ligue 1 in 2019-20, and have dealt well with last summer’s sale of star Cheick Doucoure to Crystal Palace.

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