As well as upping weekend revenue for DIY stores everywhere, the international break produced two hat-tricks -- one each for
In 1980, Rossi had been banned for three years following his involvement in the Totonero betting scandal, and only figured at this World Cup because his appeal successfully reduced the suspension. Going into a game that Brazil only needed to draw to reach the semifinals, he had yet to score. "Today, the Italians feel the prodigal son has really got to sing for his supper," remarked BBC commentator
The Italians clung on to the lead despite increasingly frantic pressure from Brazil, and lifted the trophy six days later. Rossi finished top scorer and was voted player of the tournament.
Has there ever been a finer international debut? Müller scored with his first touch to take the game to extra time and added two further goals to carry a brittle West German side to the final. Though
Yugoslavia had looked supremely comfortable in the first half and might have been further ahead; West Germany had reduced the national commentators to
As penalties loomed, Müller smashed an
The "perfect" or "Englishman's" hat-trick -- not to be confused with your common or garden hat trick, anybody can score those -- consists of a right-foot strike, one with the left foot, and a header. They require skill, mobility and just a dash of magic and they're hen's teeth rare. In 1984
The first, against Belgium, is less celebrated, perhaps because the second goal was a penalty or maybe by dint of the fact that the Belgians were so porous that day: France won 5-0. The second
With almost an hour played, Platini appeared at the far post to turn
The Portuguese players looked as shellshocked as the crowd when North Korea stormed into a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes of this match. It was an incredible score line but
Within three minutes of
The fourth was almost a thing of real beauty, Eusebio surging down the left and outfoxing two defenders to make his way into the penalty area before being unceremoniously fouled by a third as he shaped to shoot. Portugal took the lead when he calmly sidefooted the resulting spot-kick to the keeper's right.
Think of van Basten in 1988 and chances are you'll
His third was a well-taken volley that took the wind out of England's sails with 14 minutes remaining, and the second had arrived after
But his first is the one worth talking about. The clock was ticking down to half time and the Dutch had yet to trouble
This is not a hat trick that has ever enjoyed a great deal of attention -- the win proved all but meaningless for Spain, which was dumped out of the competition by Yugoslavia in the round of 16. But each of
The Real Madrid winger kicked things off with a first time swivel-volley in the 23rd minute that arrowed unwaveringly to the far post and in, but found himself upstaged by
Arriving onto the ball on the left of the box, Michel danced from one foot to the other to avoid being pickpocketed by two defenders before firing the ball across
And now for something completely different ... Ronaldo converted a hat-trick of penalties in this match -- as well as winning all three of them in the first place. That's one way to stop people going on about your expanding waistline.
The referee blew for the first after 16 minutes, when
The second came halfway through the second half, when
A contentious one this: there's still argument as to whether Hurst's second (England's crucial third goal) crossed the line, and there are those who insist his third ought not to have stood, what with the pitch being invaded at the time. But the record books say
The fourth, however, was definitely in. Hurst later said he'd been trying to boot the ball as far from the field of play as possible to wind down the clock, which seems a waste of bragging rights considering how delightfully the ball rocketed from his left boot to the top corner of the net.