Zlatan Ibrahimović's third for Paris Saint-Germain at RSC Anderlecht in October 2013 was so good "the whole stadium stood up and was clapping" – the man himself reflects.
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Zlatan Ibrahimović has seen it all in his glittering career, but even he "didn't know how to react" after his sensational hat-trick strike for Paris Saint-Germain against RSC Anderlecht in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Ibrahimović scored twice inside the opening 22 minutes of Paris's 5-0 thrashing of Anderlecht in October 2013 – and went on to get a fourth in the second half – but it was his third of the night that stole the show. Cheikhou Kouyaté looked to have cleared any immediate danger for the hosts, but Ibrahimović's first-time, 25-metre strike was so pure, so fierce that goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski was left with no chance. Such was the quality of the goal and of the Sweden forward's virtuoso display, even the home crowd could only applaud …
"I didn't know how to react, because when you play away normally you hear whistles against you, or if you do something good you don't hear somebody clap their hands or something, because it is the away team so they are not in favour," recalled Ibrahimović. "But after my third goal the whole stadium stood up and clapped, so I was a little bit taken by that moment. I was very happy at the same time and I applauded back to them. It was a special feeling."
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