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UEFA Europa League: most goals in a game

After the UEFA Europa League semi-final draw revived memories of an Edinson Cavani 'poker', we asked: What is the record for goals in one game in the competition?

Edinson Cavani on his way to a four-goal salvo again Dnipro in 2012
Edinson Cavani on his way to a four-goal salvo again Dnipro in 2012 ©AFP/Getty Images

With SSC Napoli drawn to face FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, memories have been revived of their last meeting in the competition in 2012, when Edinson Cavani bagged all four (a 'poker' as it is known) in a 4-2 group stage home win. But is it a tournament record? We sent our resident statistician into the vaults to find out. They emerged with this:

UEFA Europa League record (2009/10 onwards) – 4
28/04/2011: Radamel Falcao – FC Porto 5-1 Villarreal CF
08/11/2012: Edinson Cavani – SSC Napoli 4-2 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League record, excluding qualifying – 5   
28/09/1971: Ludwig Bründl – TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 6-1 Glentoran FC
13/09/1972: Petko Petkov – PFC Beroe Stara Zagora 7-0 FK Austria Wien
13/09/1972: Jozef Čapkovič – ŠK Slovan Bratislava 6-0 FK Vojvodina
07/11/1972: Johannes Löhr – 1. FC Köln 9-1 Viking FK
15/09/1976: Kevin Hector – Derby County FC 12-0 Finn Harps FC
03/10/1984: Marco van Basten – AFC Ajax 14-0 FC Differdange 03
16/09/1992: Daniel Fonseca – Valencia CF 1-5 SSC Napoli

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League qualifying record – 6
28/08/2003: Eldar Hadžimehmedović – FK Lyn 6-0 NSÍ Runavík