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Europa League's fastest goals and quickest hat-tricks

The fastest ever goal was clocked at 10.69 seconds back in 2016, while Patson Daka recorded the first sub-ten-minute hat-trick for Leicester against Spartak on Matchday 3.

 Patson Daka celebrates after Leicester's win at Spartak
Patson Daka celebrates after Leicester's win at Spartak Leicester City FC via Getty Imag

Midfielder Jan Sýkora scored the fastest ever goal in the UEFA Europa League during the opening round of fixtures in 2016/17.

The Matchday 1 fixture in Baku was a mere 10.69 seconds old when Sýkora struck for Czech visitors Liberec – incredibly, it was the Azerbaijani hosts Qarabağ who had kicked off!

That goal fell just short of Roy Makaay's UEFA Champions League best. The Dutchman scored after 10.12 seconds for Bayern München against Real Madrid in the 2006/07 round of 16.

Fastest Europa League goals

Europa League fastest goals
Europa League fastest goals

10.69 Jan Sýkora (Qarabağ 2-2 Liberec) 15/09/2016
12.60 Eljif Elmas (Napoli 2-3 Spartak Moskva) 30/09/2021
13.21 Vitolo (Villarreal 1-3 Sevilla) 12/03/2015
15.19 Ismael Blanco (AEK Athens 2-2 BATE Borisov) 05/11/2009
16.88 Keita Baldé (Ludogorets 3-3 Lazio) 27/02/2014

Surprisingly, an early goal isn't always good news: of the five fastest UEFA Europa League goals, only one scorer ended up on the winning side. A quick-fire hat-trick is a surer guarantee of victory, however.

Patson Daka recorded the competition's swiftest hat-trick on Matchday 3, netting three times between the 45th and 54th minutes for Leicester. Still, it would require a fourth goal from the Zambian forward 25 minutes later to seal the points at Spartak Moskva.

Fastest Europa League hat-tricks

Watch Daka get quickest Europa League hat-trick
Watch Daka get quickest Europa League hat-trick

9:34 Patson Daka (Spartak Moskva 3-4 Leicester) 20/10/2021
10:56 Claudiu Keşerü (FCSB 6-0 Aalborg) 18/09/2014
11:00 Diogo Jota (Wolves 4-0 Beşiktaş) 12/12/2019
12:27 Andrej Kramarić (Rijeka 3-1 Feyenoord) 23/10/2014
13:35 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool 3-1 Napoli) 04/11/2010

Daka also became just the fifth player to score four or more in a UEFA Europa League match, and the second fastest after Willian José, whose 'poker' came in the space of 26 minutes for Real Sociedad at Vardar in 2017.

Most goals in a Europa League match

5 Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club 5-3 Genk) 03/11/2016
4 Radamel Falcao (Porto 5-1 Villarreal) 28/04/2011
4 Edinson Cavani (Napoli 4-2 Dnipro) 08/11/2012
4 Willian José (Vardar 0-6 Real Sociedad) 19/10/2017
4 Patson Daka (Spartak Moskva 3-4 Leicester) 20/10/2021