Youssef En-Nesyri scored his second hat-trick ever for Sevilla in Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Cadiz.
The Morocco international, who also found the net thrice against Real Sociedad two weeks ago came into the game having found the net against Deportivo Alaves the last time out.
Against the Yellow Submarine, En-Nesyri put up an impressive showing to hand Julen Lopetegui’s men their 11th win of the 2020-21 campaign.
After a cagey first 30 minutes at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, En-Nesyri put Sevilla ahead in the 35th minute.
Suso thumped a left-footed strike against the post which rebounded to the 23-year-old who made no mistake, sending the ball past Jeremias Ledesma and opening the scoring.
Four minutes later, En-Nesyri won a free-kick that Suso sent perfectly into the penalty spot area where the former Leganes man was waiting to head home.
Sevilla continued the second half from where they left it in the first 45 minutes, controlling all departments of the game as well as creating numerous scoring chances down both wings.
On the hour mark, En-Nesyri who has been linked with a move to West Ham United wrapped up the game with his third goal of the game – capitalising on a defensive mishap from the visiting side and powering home a thunderous header past goalkeeper Ledesma.
With his treble, he now tops the Spanish elite division’s goalscoring chart with 12 goals, moving above Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez.
He was in action from start to finish alongside compatriot Yassine Bounou who was impressive in goal. Moroccan forward Oussama Idrissi was introduced in the 85th minute for Spanish midfielder Oliver Torres.
For Cadiz, Equatorial Guinea international Carlos Akapo was not listed for action by manager Alvaro Cervera.
Thanks to this result, the hosts move into third place in La Liga after accruing 36 points from 19 matches. The Yellow Submarine who remain winless in their last three matches occupy the ninth position having picked up 24 points with a game more.
Sevilla welcome Valencia to Seville in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Round of 16 showdown, while Cadiz would be hoping to arrest their poor run when they welcome Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid to Ramon de Carranza on January 31.