10 former Premier League players you didn't realise scored a Champions League hat-trick
Mike Newell (Blackburn vs Rosenborg, 1995/96)
Who was the first Englishman to score a Champions League hat-trick? Alan Shearer? Andy Cole? Michael Owen? No, it was Mike Newell. Of course it was.
The Liverpudlian striker, who was very much behind Shearer and Chris Sutton in the pecking order at Ewood Park, bagged all three goals for Blackburn against Rosenborg in the space of nine minutes – largely due to the Norwegian club's inept defending.
Newell's lightning quick trio of strikes stood as the fastest Champions League hat-trick until former Swansea man Bafetimbi Gomis bettered it for Lyon against Dynamo Zagreb in 2011. This match was the last game in a group Rovers actually finished bottom of, so the victory and the achievement were somewhat tainted.
From about 2.45 - the first is actually a beauty...
Uwe Rosler (Kaiserslautern vs HJK Helsinki, 1998/99)
Back in the late '90s, Otto Rehhagel injected a new lease of life into Kaiserslautern as the team unexpectedly won the Bundesliga title only a year after earning promotion. They weren't quite as successful in the Champions League, but their best result was this 5-2 thrashing of HJK Helsinki in December 1998.
Current Fleetwood manager and Manchester City hero Uwe Rosler was the man who put the Finns to the sword with three bullet headers. Rosler, whose team-mates included a young Michael Ballack, couldn't do much in the next round: they succumbed to their fellow Germans, Bayern Munich, 6-0 on aggregate.
Let the headers commence from 1.30...
Walter Pandiani (Deportivo La Coruna vs PSG, 2000/01)
PSG fans are probably sick to death of improbable European comebacks. Long before their 6-1 humbling at the Camp Nou, the French giants raced into a three-goal lead at the Riazor during a second group stage game spearheaded by none other than Jay-Jay Okocha.
Just before the hour mark, Depor decided that they'd best do something about the scoreline. Step up future Birmingham City man Walter Pandiani, who rose to the occasion by scoring three close-range headers, with Diego Tristan grabbing the other to complete the comeback. The Uruguayan striker's influence helped Deportivo to reach the quarter-finals, where they bowed out to a young and boisterous Leeds side.
Yakubu (Maccabi Haifa vs Olympiakos, 2002/03)
Yakubu is one of modern football's enigmas. He was a skilful but sometimes awkward-looking player, who always scored goals but rarely stayed put for a prolonged period. His journeys have taken him from Nigeria to Israel, Qatar, China, Everton, Reading and Coventry.
Among all that is a Champions League hat-trick for Maccabi Haifa against Olympiakos, scored during the 2002/03 group stage. Later he would also score a penalty in a 3-0 win over Manchester United. Those performances caught the eye of Harry Redknapp, who signed The Yak for Portsmouth and duly helped the south-coast side earn promotion to the top flight.
The Yak attack begins with a penalty around 1.25...