Layvin Kurzawa revelled in his hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain routed Anderlecht 5-0 in the Champions League but the full-back was quick to point out the contributions of his team-mates in his historic treble.
Hosts PSG were already two goals up when former Monaco man Kurzawa took centre stage with the first hat-trick of his professional career on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old’s first goal came when he hooked into an empty net after Neymar’s free-kick had bounced back off the post in the 52nd minute and then turned home Dani Alves’ cross at the back post for his second with 18 minutes remaining.
He completed a memorable evening six minutes later when he collected Angel di Maria’s pass and drilled into the bottom corner to wrap up a win that confirmed PSG’s spot in the Champions League last 16 after just four Group B games.
“This hat-trick gives me a huge amount of pleasure – it’s the first hat-trick of my professional career,” Kurzawa said. “We’re all enjoying ourselves on the pitch and we’re giving our supporters lots of joy as well.
“I was surprised [to score a hat-trick] because I’m a defender. I’ve scored goals before, but three is a lot. The credit has to go to my team-mates, because if they weren’t there I wouldn’t have scored these three goals.”
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Kurzawa has formed part of a defence that are yet to concede in their four group games, but believes the whole team deserves credit for the flawless record.
“We’ve set ourselves a target of not conceding any goals, and at the moment we’re scoring a lot and not conceding,” he added. “It’s a team effort in every game, from the forwards to the defenders and the goalkeeper.
“We’re through but our goal is to finish first in the group and we still have games to come. We need to win those as well to make sure we finish top.”