Four years, five hat-tricks - trebling up in the FA Cup
A look back at our remarkable recent run of FA Cup hat-tricks
Thu 21 January 2021, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur
Earlier this month, Carlos Vinicius registered our fifth FA Cup hat-trick in just under four years as he tucked away three goals in our 5-0 third-round win over Marine.
Picking up his first match ball since joining us on loan from Benfica in October, 2020, Vinicius found the back of the net three times in just 13 minutes against the Mariners in a clinical first-half display.
The Brazilian's treble on Merseyside was the 30th we have completed in the FA Cup in our history while, since February, 2017, we have now scored five in the competition. Incredibly, that means we have now accounted for more than a third of the 14 hat-tricks that have been registered in the FA Cup proper across that period. No other club has scored more than a single hat-trick in the competition in the last four years while only one other Premier League side has even managed to register one in that time - that was now-Championship outfit Norwich City in January, 2020.
In scoring his treble against Marine, Vinicius became the 25th player to score an FA Cup hat-trick for us in our history and, having gone the entire 2019/20 season without one in all competitions, we have now registered three so far this campaign alone.
Here’s a look back at our five most recent FA Cup trebles...
Harry Kane vs Fulham
19 February, 2017 - Fulham 0-3 Spurs - FA Cup fifth round
The current-third highest goalscorer in the illustrious history of our Club, with 207 goals in our colours to date, once again showed his striking talents as he found the back of the net three times against Fulham in February, 2017. Opening the scoring by prodding home Christian Eriksen’s cross on 16 minutes, smart movement in the box then brought his second of the afternoon just six minutes into the second half as he cleverly lost his man before, once more, dispatching an Eriksen delivery. With 17 minutes still remaining in the clash at Craven Cottage, our number 10 completed his hat-trick with aplomb. Holding his run impeccably, he was set away towards goal by a delightful first-time pass from Dele. Then, as he approached the target, he waited for the keeper to commit before bending the ball around him and into the net.
Heung-Min Son vs Millwall
12 March, 2017 - Spurs 6-0 Millwall - FA Cup sixth round
Heung-Min Son had a hand in four goals, including dispatching three himself as we made it through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 6-0 London derby win over Millwall. Christian Eriksen started the scoring in the clash before Sonny opened his account for the afternoon, brilliantly curling in from just inside the box. His second was perhaps even better than his first as he volleyed home Kieran Trippier’s raking pass from close range to extend our lead. Dele made it four on 72 minutes, Son then set up Vincent Janssen for our fifth seven minutes later before wrapping up his hat-trick in injury time as young goalkeeper Tom King spilled the South Korean international’s volley through his legs, sending the ball over the line.
Fernando Llorente vs Rochdale
28 February, 2018 - Spurs 6-1 Rochdale - FA Cup fifth round replay
In wintry weather at Wembley, Fernando Llorente kept our charge going in the FA Cup with three astute finishes in a 6-1 win over Rochdale. Having been taken to a replay by the League One side following a 2-2 draw at Spotland, the Dale continued to frustrate us at the national stadium as a Stephen Humphrys strike cancelled out Heung-Min Son’s opener on 23 minutes to see us go in level at the break - we also had two goals ruled out by VAR. However, our man from the Basque region delivered in the second half and in some style. Chipping the keeper for his first on 47 minutes, he was then in the right place at the right time to poke home his second six minutes later before adding number three just before the hour mark as he nodded in Son’s cross. The eventual rout was then wrapped up by a second for our South Korean star on 65 minutes before Kyle Walker-Peters scored his first goal for the club in added time.
Fernando Llorente vs Tranmere Rovers
4 January, 2019 - Tranmere Rovers 0-7 Spurs - FA Cup third round
In our biggest-ever away victory, Fernando Llorente bagged the second and final hat-trick of his Spurs career. His first goal, sandwiched between two rare strikes by Serge Aurier, came just three minutes after the break as he was picked out in the box by Heung-Min Son before he coolly tapped home. Sonny was next on the score sheet for us on 57 minutes before Llorente scored two in two minutes to complete his hat-trick with 18 minutes still remaining - tucking home the first neatly into the bottom corner of the net before flicking home his third from close range. Harry Kane then came off the bench to put us in seventh heaven with a delightful dinked finish.
Carlos Vinicius vs Marine
10 January, 2021 - Marine 0-5 Spurs - FA Cup third round
When we took on Marine in the third round of this season's competition, earlier this month, an FA Cup record of 161 places separated the two sides. However, we knew that the side from the Northern Premier League Division One North West, who’d enjoyed a fairy-tale run in the competition to that point, would be putting their all into the game in the hope of a ‘giant-killing’. Yet, we showed our professionalism on Merseyside and by the half-hour mark we were two ahead thanks to 'Vini', whose striking instincts had him ready to pounce in just the right places to lash home the first before tapping home the second. Moments later, Lucas Moura made it three as he curled home a free-kick before Vinicius completed his hat-trick eight minutes before the break with a delightful scooped finish. Alfie Devine then made history in the second period, becoming our youngest-ever player as well as our youngest ever-goalscorer as he hit the back of the net with a fierce near-post strike on the hour mark.