Tino Asprilla’s hat-trick for Newcastle United v Barcelona will make your Friday

The most exciting signing in Premier League league history.  Faustino Asprilla.  He arrived at Newcaslte United in the winter transfer window wearing in fur coat in a snow storm and scoring loads of goals.  

His finest moment at Newcastle United moment happened, on this day in 1997 when he scored a 22 minute Champions League hat-trick for Newcastle United against Barcelona.

Asprilla – known as the Octopus in Columbia due to his massive appetite – scored after 26, 30 and 48 minutes. The first was a penalty he won himself, the others headers from classic wing play by a rejuvenated Keith Gillespie.

There were some legends on show that day.  Asprilla was supported by John Barnes, Phillip Albert, Darren Peacock and captain fantastic Rob Lee.  Barcelona had a call sheet of vintage players.  Nadal.  Figo.  De la Pena.  Anderson.  Rivaldo.

Barcelona stirred in the 2nd half and came back through goals from (now manager) Luis Enrique and Figo but it was too little too late.  The Octopus had won the day.

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