Young Egyptian Bilal Mazhar continued his incredible UEFA Youth League goalscoring record, after netting a hat-trick against AS Trenčín.
Bilal is the son of former Egyptian international Mazhar Abdelrahman, who has worn shirts for several top clubs, including French side AS Monaco and Egyptian giants Zamalek.
Hailing from the youth sector of Arab Contractors, Bilal left Egypt to try his luck abroad when he was 15 and now plies his trade for Greek giants Panathinaikos’ U19 side.
He helped his club win the K19 Super League 1 title last season after scoring 21 goals in 20 games which earned them a place in this year’s edition of the UEFA Youth League.
The Greek side entered the competition in the first round, where they beat Bulgarians Slavia Sofia 10-2 on aggregate, with Mazhar scoring five goals in the first leg alone.
Next up was Slovak side AS Trenčín and they were no match for Panathinaikos, who emerged victorious 6-3 on aggregate, courtesy of Mazhar’s four goals.
In Athens, Panathinaikos won the game 2-0, with Mazhar opening the scoring after 28 minutes before Leandro Frroku doubled the score ten minutes later.
A week later, Mazhar maintained his goalscoring form, this time scoring three goals as the Greek side won the tie 4-3 to advance to the next round.
Šimon Mičuda fired the hosts ahead after just six minutes, but Mazhar equalized five minutes later to make it 3–1 on aggregate; however, two goals from Lubos Praženka in the 21st and 29th minutes saw both teams enter the half-time break level.
The Trenčín defenders failed to contain Mazhar, who first put his team ahead in the 49th minute before completing his hat-trick from the spot in the 68th minute.
Georgios Kyriopoulos ended the game in the 80th minute to complete the comeback and place his side in the UEFA Youth League play-offs.
With his hat-trick today, Bilal Mazhar now tops the competition’s goalscoring charts with nine goals in three games ahead of PSG top talent Ilyes Housni, Barcelona’s Víctor Barberà and Liverpool talent Oakley Cannonier.