GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Mo Salah came off the bench to score the fastest hat trick in Champions League history as Liverpool beat Rangers 7-1 at Ibrox.
The Egyptian went on to lead his team 3-1 in the second half and scored a stunning hat-trick in just six minutes, 12 seconds to set a new benchmark in the competition.
Bafétimbi Gomis previously held the record from 2011 when he took eight minutes to complete his hat-trick in a 7-1 win for Lyon against Dinamo Zagreb.
But Salah capped the moment with his own impressive contribution, after sealing a confidence-boosting win in Glasgow with the match ball for Liverpool, who are in a strong position to reach the last 16.
It was a night when Roberto Firmino looked like a hero – scoring twice and setting up another for Darwin Nunez after Rangers had gone ahead in the first half.
But Salah ensured he dominated the headlines with three stunning goals.
Jurgen Klopp had opted to change with his team in full control when Nunez made it 3-1 in the 66th minute.
Salah scored the fourth goal for Liverpool in the 75th minute and then scored another goal in the 80th minute. He completed his hat-trick a minute later with another clinical strike.
Another substitute, Harvey Elliott, completed the scoring in 87.
Rangers were stunned after dominating early in the game.
The Scottish side only avoided a massive 2-0 defeat at Anfield a week ago thanks to the bravery of goalkeeper Alan McGregor. But in a vastly improved performance, it stunned Liverpool to take the lead after 17 minutes.
Fabio Carvalho lost possession in his own half, and after a quick break Scott Arfield fired low past goalkeeper Alisson on the edge of the area.
It could have been too much for the home side when Antonio-Mirko Kulik cut in on Joe Gomez’s loose backpass but couldn’t find the end of it.
Liverpool equalized after 24 minutes when Firmino headed in a Konstantinos Simekas corner at the near post.
Liverpool went ahead 10 minutes into the second half when Gomez’s curled cross was headed home by Firmino.
From there, the visitors took control and went 3-1 up when the brilliant Brazilian full-back set up Hele Nunes to strike.
It looked like a game – but Salah had other ideas.