BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — Julian Alvarez scored a hat-trick as leaders River Plate came from behind to clinch a 3-1 home win over San Lorenzo in Argentina’s Primera Division on Sunday.
Nicolas Fernandes put the visitors ahead by pouncing on a loose ball after a long throw-in and angling a low finish into the bottom right corner.
River equalized on the half-hour mark when Alvarez latched onto Santiago Simon’s pass and thumped a first-time effort past goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico from outside the 18-yard box.
Alvarez made it 2-1 in the 65th minute, capitalizing on a fortuitous rebound to fire home from close range.
The 21-year-old Argentina international completed his hat-trick six minutes from time with an outrageous piece of skill that will be a candidate for goal of the season.
The forward ran onto a Robert Rojas through ball and, from an acute angle just outside the penalty area, fired a first-time shot that nutmegged Torrico and rolled into the back of the net.
Alvarez has now scored 10 goals in 12 league matches this season and appears certain to attract a bidding war among Europe’s biggest clubs ahead of the January transfer window.
The result at the Monumental stadium means River have 36 points from 16 games, four points ahead of second-placed Talleres Cordoba. San Lorenzo are 20th in the 26-team standings with 17 points.
In other Primera Division fixtures on Sunday, Atletico Tucuman won 4-3 at home to Argentinos Juniors, Colon secured a 1-0 home win over Talleres Cordoba and Aldosivi prevailed 1-0 at home to Independiente.