All Whites striker Chris Wood has become the first New Zealander to score a hat-trick in the English Premier League.
The 29-year-old striker scored three first-half goals for Burnley in their 4-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their game on Sunday (April 25).
Wood also provided the assist for the fourth goal, an 85′ strike by Ashley Westwood.
The hat-trick set a number of Premier League landmarks including:
- Wood is now Burnley’s leading Premier League goalscorer of all time.
- He became the first player to score a first-half away Premier League hat-trick since Michael Owen in 1998.
- It was only the second hat-trick Burnley have scored at this level – after Andre Gray achieved the feat against Sunderland in December 2016.
- Wood is the first Burnley player to score a hat -rick against Wolves since George Beel in 1931.
Wood has now registered more than 10-goals-a-season for the fourth year in a row, joining an elite band of strikers to achieve that. Others are Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Spurs), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) and Son Heung-Min (Spurrs).
New Zealand is now the 46th different nation to be represented by a hat-trick scorer in the competition, and the first new nation since Gabon (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).
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