Usually, strikers’ shots are called “unfortunate” when they hit the post. The goalkeeper is guarding the goal, but the goal is quite wide. There are quite a few cases where a ball hits the post and goes into the goal. However, if a striker hits the post four times in a game, and hits the post more times than the goal in a season, would you believe him? There really is. The hero is Darwin Núñez, 25, a Uruguayan striker in Liverpool of the English Premier League.
Núñez started at a home match against Chelsea in the 22nd round of the EPL 2023-2024 season on Sunday (Korea time). She started as a one-top striker for Liverpool F.C., which had the basic plan based on the 4-3-3 model. She shot a shot that hit the post three times in the first half alone. A powerful right-footed mid-range shot passed through the crossbar at the seventh minute in the first half, and left-footed shot was blocked by the opposing goalie before hitting the post on the right side of the goal post at the 10th minute in the first half. She kicked the penalty kick herself in the extra time of the first half, but hit the right-handed post again. She thus had a “net goal hat trick” only in the first half.
In the second half, the team scored another goal. Liverpool attempted a header midway through the second half when the team was leading 3-1, but the ball bounced off the crossbar. In the game alone, he had to hit the net four times. Nuñez helped Luis Díaz score a goal in the 34th minute of the second half, recording his 11th assist in the league this season. He missed the goal four times, but added more help to Liverpool’s 4-1 victory.
Núñez’s “four goals in one game” came out for the first time since the EPL records began to be officially compiled. “Opta,” which deals with soccer statistics, started collecting records from the 2003-2004 season, and pointed out that Núñez is the first player to hit the net four times in a single EPL game. Previously, there were four players who had “three goals in one game” in the EPL. Cristiano Ronaldo, Jay Okocha, Timo Werner, 월카지노도메인 and Leandro Trossa achieved “the goal hat trick.”
What’s more interesting is that Nuñez’s new goal is continuing throughout this season. With his solid physicality and speed and skill, Nuñez penetrates into the opponent’s defense and shoots, but strangely, she hits the net frequently, drawing attention. This season, Nuñez hit the net a whopping nine times in EPL alone. She hit more of the net than her own seven goals. If all of the nine shots she hit the net led to goals, Nuñez would have been leading the EPL in scoring with 16 goals.
Meanwhile, Liverpool beat Chelsea 4-1 in the match to lead the league. It had 15 wins, six draws, one loss, and 51 points in this season’s performance, staying at the top of the league table. It had five points ahead of Manchester City (46 points), which played one less game. It will play an away game against Arsenal (46 points) in the 23rd round of the EPL on Saturday.