In a gripping encounter in the UEFA Europa Conference League, Super Eagle Fowarder Gift Orban showcased his scoring prowess, netting a perfect hat-trick to lead KAA Gent to a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over Icelandic side Breidablik, MySportDab reports.
Despite being left out of the Super Eagles roster for the upcoming matches against Lesotho and Zimbabwe, Orban’s stellar performance demands attention and puts him back in the spotlight.
Eager to make an impact, Orban, aged 21, demonstrated his goal-scoring abilities early in the match. Just six minutes into the game, a precise cross from Pieter Gerkens found Orban’s well-timed run, allowing him to deftly head the ball over the goalkeeper and open the scoring for KAA Gent.
Breidablik, determined to mount a comeback after losing the first leg in Belgium, swiftly responded. Ten minutes later, Jason Svanthorsson found the net, leveling the score for the Icelandic side. Undeterred, Svanthorsson secured his second goal of the night in the 18th minute, putting Breidablik ahead for the first time in the game.
Orban, resilient and determined, equalized for KAA Gent in the 54th minute, converting a powerfully-struck penalty. The 21-year-old striker completed his sensational hat-trick 15 minutes later, capitalizing on a fine pass from Moroccan forward Tarik Tissoudali. Tissoudali delivered a precise ball to Orban, who calmly applied a left-footed finish, sealing the victory for KAA Gent.
Orban’s outstanding performance not only secured a crucial win for his team but also serves as a powerful statement of his goal-scoring prowess. As the young striker seeks to reclaim his spot in contention, this remarkable hat-trick undoubtedly puts him back in the conversation and leaves fans eagerly anticipating his future contributions on the pitch.