Under the observation of Sam Allardyce, Wayne Rooney stole the spotlight with a delightful hat-trick at Goodison Park.
The manager from the stands was bestowed with an aesthetic treat, as the Everton captain scored the first three goals of their 4-0 triumph over West Ham.
Rooney scored two in the first-half, missing a penalty but scoring on the rebound, and adding a tap-in at the far post.
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Natheless, what really awed the supporters was that the stunning hat-trick was completed with the help of a magnificent goal from the halfway line. He scored the wonder goal in the 66th minute that caught Joe Hart out of his goal.
After a long ball over the top, Hart hurried out of the box to make a clearance, which fell to Rooney, who sent the ball cruising back over the goalkeeper’s head with a shot from inside his own half.
Speaking about the brute shot, the 32-year-old proclaimed, “I don’t think I’ve ever hit a ball better in my life. It might be one of the best goals I’ve scored, I don’t know, but just as important was the clean sheet. To make it my first hat-trick for Everton, I’m delighted.”
Statistically, it happened to be the first hat-trick in 2,272 days for Rooney, as his last three in a game came when he was up against Bolton Wanderers on September 10, 2011.
Regardless, the splendid goal resulted in enormous reactions on Twitter:
Wayne Rooney vs West Ham:
🔵 First @Everton hat-trick
😱 Scored from his own-half
✅ Massive 3 points
Unbelievable Tekkers @WayneRooney 😎👏
— SPORF (@Sporf) November 29, 2017
22nd March 2014: Rooney scores from halfway against West Ham
29th November 2017: Rooney scores from his own half against West Ham
Deja Vu pic.twitter.com/PySmwsio5a
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) November 29, 2017
Hart just concedes great goals.
– Rooney Overhead
– Zlatan Overhead
– Rooney halfway line pic.twitter.com/97QxMkoVaE
— Vindelof (@SemperFiUtd) November 29, 2017
WHAT A GOAL ROONEY! pic.twitter.com/ydZZbh58yZ
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 29, 2017
It indubitably would go down as one of the goals of the season, and one of the best in his football career.
The triumph got them up to the 13th position, and if the performances they showcased against David Moyes’ side were to continue, with a fair part of season yet to be played, they could land on an even better spot.