Parma, 20 October 2019Andreas Cornelius was right at the heart of Parma’s win over Genoa at the Ennio Tardini Stadium, scoring the first hat-trick of his professional career.

This was the first time that a Parma player had scored three goals in one game in Serie A since Amauri’s hat-trick against Torino back in March 2013.

The Danish forward said the following after the game:

Obviously I’m really happy. Before the game I wasn’t expecting to score a hat-trick because I wasn’t meant to be starting. I’m really sorry for my teammate Roberto Inglese who went off injured at the start of the match. I was just looking to do my best in his place. Genoa are a dangerous opponent, but we prepared really well this week, looking ahead to the match and all the tactics that we might need. We tried to put what the Coach has asked us to do in the last few days into practice on the pitch. It was never going to be easy after the loss against SPAL in Ferrara. We realised that you can struggle against anyone if you don’t give 100%, because this is a difficult league full of teams who are all strong and well prepared. Scoring a hat-trick meant a lot to me, I’ve never done it before in my career. To do it here, in Serie A, really does mean a lot. I’m dedicating it to my grandparents. Today was the first time that they have come to watch me abroad, all three goals are for them. My objective now is to stay focused and to try and gain some consistency in my performances. I’m really happy here in Parma, I’m having a great time. Next we go away to Inter in Milan. It will be another full-on week for us and we’ll work just as hard as we always do, because in our eyes every opponent has to be taken on with the same attitude, it doesn’t matter whether they’re above or below us in the table.”