By: Hibernian Media on 13 Jul, 2018 11:20
Flo Kamberi netted Hibernian’s first hat-trick in 45 years as he helped his team to a 6-1 victory over NSI Runavik in UEFA Europa League QR1 on Thursday evening.
The forward netted a penalty, steered home Martin Boyle’s cross, and smashed home from Paul Hanlon’s intricate pass to claim the matchball.
The Swiss striker joins a list of only four Hibernian players to have scored three times in a European game, and also becomes the first player from outside Scotland to have netted a treble for Hibs in Europe.
Joe McBride was the first with a trio of goals against Lokomotive Leipzig in 1968, and he repeated the feat against Malmo two years later.
Jimmy O’Rourke also scored two hat-tricks, scoring three goals in the 6-1 hammering of Sporting Lisbon and the 7-1 victory over KS Besa of Albania in 1972.
It was his team-mate Alan Gordon who scored the last treble for Hibs in Europe, banging in three goals against Croatian outfit Hajduk Split, then of Yugoslavia, as Eddie Turnbull’s side won 4-2 on the night in the Cup Winners’ Cup.
A legendary forward and the tip of the Turnbull’s Tornadoes, Gordon made a name for himself as one of the most feared forwards in Scottish football – as well as one of the best to have never won a cap for his country.
His first goal, much like Flo’s, came early in the game and set the tone for his prowess in front of goal. An Alex Edwards free-kick was floated into the area and the forward powered a header home with just six minutes on the clock.
There was a 21-minute wait for Gordon to score his second on the net and it was even easier than his first. An exquisite pass from Arthur Duncan split the visiting defence to find Alex Cropley, who then smoothly turned away from a Hajduk defender, squaring the ball for his team-mate to tap home.
Ivan Hlevnjak pulled a goal back for his side before half-time, but, soon after the break, Duncan had made it 3-1 as he tapped in a rebound following a save by Ante Sirkovic in the visiting goal.
The fourth goal arrived on the hour mark and it was without a doubt the best of the game.
Pat Stanton threaded a pass down the left for Erich Schaedler, who was able to spin away from two defender and his cross found Gordon, but only after Sirkovic attempted to intervene, at the back post to tap into the unguarded net.
At 4-1 down many teams may have become meek, especially when facing the talented players that Hibernian had at their disposal at the team, but Hajduk rallied. They hit the post through Jure Jerkovic before scoring a second goal on the night through Hlvenjak.
The Croatians would go on to win the second leg 3-0 in Split, knocking Hibernian out of the competition in the quarterfinals.