Vranjes first centre-back to score hat-trick in Super League

Vranjes first centre-back to score hat-trick in Super League

AEK defender Ognjen Vranjes scored three historic goals at the weekend, becoming the first centre-back to grab a hat-trick in Greece’s top footballing tier.

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The 28-year old Bosnian, who was reportedly close to joining Belgian club Anderlecht in the transfer window, scored three practically identical goals in the first half of AEK Athens’ thumping 4:0 Super League victory against Xanthi. Vranjes was the first AEK player to register a hat-trick in the top division since Nikos Liberopoulos’ treble against Egaleo (5:2) on April 15, 2007.

Before Vranjes’ three-goal effort against Xanthi on Sunday, AEK’s last foreigner to notch a hat-trick was Serbian attacking midfielder Dragan Ciric in the club’s 3:2 victory against Iraklis on October 17, 1999. Vranjes is indeed the first ever centre-back in the Greek championship to score three goals in one match, an achievement which probably won’t be repeated for some time. 

Watch Ognjen Vranjes’ hat trick in the match highlights

by Shaun Nicolaides
Image Source: sdna.gr
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