Barcelona got back to winning ways on Sunday against Valencia.
Xavi Hernandez’s side were left frustrated on Thursday evening after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie.
Barcelona were the better team on the night, however, they were unable to make their dominance at Camp Nou count – January signing Ferran Torres missing a number of easy chances.
But the team certainly took their opportunities at the Mestalla, with former Arsenal man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting a hat-trick in a thumping 4-1 win.
Frenkie de Jong was the man who grabbed the other goal for the Blaugrana and for a while, one of his midfield colleagues was on the scoresheet as well in the form of Pedri.
Now, you’re probably thinking; what’re you guys talking about, it was 4-1 not 5-1?! Well, allow us to explain.
Barcelona’s fourth goal against Valencia has now gone down as being scored by Aubameyang, but it first looked as if it was simply a stunning long-range strike from Pedri.
The Spain international took aim from around 30 yards out and his shot flew into the back of the net.
But because it took a slight deflection off Aubameyang – who was trying to get out of the way – the striker has been controversially awarded the goal.
Take a look at footage of Pedri’s ‘assist’ here…
Video: Aubameyang’s incredibly lucky hat-trick goal v Valencia
Pedri with an absolute ROCKET! 🚀— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) February 20, 2022
It might have taken the slightest of deflections off Aubameyang, but not sure he'll be able to claim that for his hat-trick 😂 pic.twitter.com/D3PnLmY396
Is that the luckiest hat-trick goal in history? We’re starting to think it might be.
The only other one in recent memory that stands a chance of rivalling it involved Harry Kane at the 2018 World Cup for England versus Panama.
You remember, right? Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot from distance cannoned off of Kane’s heel, completely deceived the opposing goalkeeper and then rippled the back of the net.
If you don’t remember, we’ve got you covered…
Video: Was Aubameyang’s hat-trick goal luckier than Kane’s?
It’s hard to pick the luckier of the two, but we might have to side with Aubameyang’s to be honest. Recency bias, we know.
However, while his third goal was a huge stroke of fortune, the Gabonese forward’s overall performance against Valencia was top notch.
Aubameyang’s first goal in particular was an absolute beauty and the second was just a fantastic team move by Barcelona.
Video: Aubameyang’s first two goals vs Valencia
An absolutely ruthless finish as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bags his first LaLiga goal! 💥— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) February 20, 2022
Smashed into the roof of the net to give Barca the lead 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/3znx5piAem
Two first half goals for Aubameyang as he opened his Barca account! 🔥— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) February 20, 2022
Will he make it a hat-trick in the second half? 👀 pic.twitter.com/hdifh4Fw1F
That’s the Aubameyang of old, isn’t it?
He may just prove to be an inspired piece of business by Barcelona.