Serge Gnabry’s record breaking night

Ahead of the match against Tottenham on Tuesday one could have said that Serge Gnabry was a bit of a mystery. The 24-year-old has fared well in the Bundesliga over the last three years, always getting into double digits when it came to his scoring account. However, despite having featured in 11 Champions League matches before last night’s match against Spurs, the German international had never managed to score a single goal in the competition.

That changed rather drastically last night. Whatever Gnabry did on the pitch, he could do no wrong. After the match the 24-year-old remarked that he hadn’t scored four goals since his days as an under-nine player.

Breaking records

Serge Gnabry is only the second German player to score four goals in a Champions League match. Mario Gomez managed to score as many goals for Bayern in their 7-0 thrashing of FC Basel back in March of 2012. Furthermore, the 24-year-old is only the second player in the competition’s history to score four goals against an English side. Lionel Messi managed the feat against Arsenal back in 2010.

On a side note, it is also funny to note that Harry Kane has scored as many goals at Tottenham’s newly opened stadium in five games as Gnabry managed to produce in one night.

Adulation from Bayern

After the match Gnabry’s coach Niko Kovac was full of praise for the winger. “It was his best game for us so far”, Kovac noted after the final whistle. Joshua Kimmich remarked dryly after the match that Gnabry “deserved a kiss on his forehead before he goes to bed tonight”. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also full of praise for the team, remarking that the side’s 7-2 thumping of Tottenham was “historic”.

Gnabry himself has a past in London. The German international joined Arsenal at the age of 16 and featured in 18 matches for the Gunners (1 goal). After the match Gnabry took to Twitter, not hiding his sympathies for his former side.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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