Angel Di Maria’s Record-Breaking Triple Hat Trick Performance
Angel Di Maria etches his name in Juventus’ history, after his hat-trick performance against AC Milan in the semi-final of Europa League. The Argentinian forward was the star of the show, scoring a magnificent first-half brace, before completing his hat trick with a sensational free kick in the second half.
The 32 year old signed for Juventus at the start of this season and since then, has been instrumental in Juve’s success. He won Serie A Player of the Month for December and is known as one of Europe’s most creative wingers. And on Thursday night he proved that he is also an ace goal scorer when it matters most.
The match between two Italian titans generated an electric atmosphere inside Allianz Stadium and Di Maria stole the spotlight with his sublime performances. His first goal came after 25 minutes when he latched onto a through ball from Paulo Dybala and fired it past Gianluigi Donnarumma, who failed to save it despite getting a hand to it. The crowd erupted when Di Maria doubled Juve’s lead just five minutes later with another clinical finish from close range. He received loud cheers as he wheeled away in celebration wearing an AC Milan jersey – which caused much amusement from both sets of fans.
In the second half, Di Maria sealed his hat-trick with an outstanding free-kick which flew into the top corner of Donnarumma’s net in front of 57000 stunned spectators inside Allianz stadium. It was an incredible moment for both him and Juve fans alike as they saw their side take one step closer to winning their first major European trophy since 1996.
The 3-1 victory over AC Milan meant that Juventus will face Manchester United in Gdansk next month for Europa League glory, but more importantly gave them a psychological advantage over their fierce rivals going into next season’s Serie A battle – where they are expected to be serious challengers for the title once again thanks largely to Angel Di Maria’s contributions this season.
The Argentine international has been nothing short of superb since joining Juve last summer and his incredible performance on Thursday night perfectly encapsulated why he is so highly rated in football world today; always rising up to make a difference when it matters most, even donning an old AC Milan jersey as part of his celebration – something that will live long in Juventus’ memories for years to come!