Feyenoord Rotterdam reached the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals after beating Shakhtar of Ukraine by a massive eight-2 aggregate scoreline. One of the most outstanding players in the match was Santiago Giménez, who scored a great goal with which he surpassed a record set by Raúl Jiménez, Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernánde, as well as earning a standing ovation from the public.
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During the first leg, Feyenoord could not take advantage as a visitor and returned with a tie at one goal apiece. With the encouragement of their supporters, on March 16, the Netherlands managed to lead a comfortable victory that began with the goal of the Cruz Azul youth squad before the 10th minute of the match.
In a counterattack orchestrated by Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the 9th minute, favored by the poor position of the Shakhtar defenders, Santiago Giménez found a space to receive the pass. Despite the reduced space in which he found himself, the Mexican managed to make a cut to beat the mark of three rivals and look for the opportunity to score.
Santiago Giménez reached five goals in the Europa League (REUTERS / Johanna Geron)
With the movement he managed to enter the area and attract all the defenders in an effort to stop him. In this sense, Oussama Idrissi was enabled in front of the goal and asked for the ball. Far from complying with the request, Giménez decided to shoot on goal and placed the ball at the base of the goalkeeper’s post. His audacity resulted in the first of the seven goals that gave victory to Feyenoord.
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The score made the Feyenoord fans explode in jubilation and strengthened their sympathy with the Mexican national team striker. After scoring his fifth goal in the European tournament, his teammates came to support him and commune with the closest assistants in the stands of the Stadion Feijenoord.
Until before the goal, Santiago Giménez was tied in the table of Mexican scorers in the competition along with Javier Chicharito Hernández, Giovani Dos Santos and Raúl Jiménez, according to journalist Óscar Guevara. They each recorded four goals.
Feyenoord qualified for the Europa League quarterfinals (REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
In this sense, Giménez jumped to the top of the statistics with his five goals scored in seven games. In addition to surpassing the number of Chicharito Hernández, Giovani Dos Santos and Raúl Jiménez, he achieved it in fewer games, as the three forwards scored four goals in ten, eleven and nine games, respectively.
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Similarly, the son of Chaco Giménez was able to enter the top 5 of the top Mexican scorers in his first season in Europe. So far he has scored 14 goals and surpassed Hugo Sánchez by two. Meanwhile, he is six away from matching Luis García Postigo and Chicharito Hernández, as well as five away from matching the record of Hirving Chucky Lozano.
After scoring his fifth goal in the Europa League, the Bebote established himself as one of the favorites for the Feyenoord public. Even when Arne Slot opted to remove him from the field of play to enter Danilo Pereira Da Silva in the 60th minute, the fans present in the stadium cheered the number 29 for the exhibition and the good run he has maintained in the silver competition of the European continent.
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