Folarin Balogun, a Reims striker, scored a hat-trick against Lorient on Wednesday afternoon.
With 14 goals in just 18 starts, he is now the Ligue 1 top scorer.
Balogun scored just before halftime and again midway through the second half to temporarily surpass Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 Golden Boot race.
The Arsenal loanee has been on fire recently, scoring five goals in his last three games. He scored a dramatic late equalizer against PSG, leaving Mbappe, who did not score, to rue missed opportunities.
Balogun has been a steady provider of goals for Reims this season, scoring 14 times in Ligue 1 to push his team towards an unlikely top-half finish. Although he is currently atop the Ligue 1 scoring charts, Mbappe could retake his lead with a brace against Montpellier later Wednesday.
“He is a super complete striker,” Reims manager William Still said after his late heroics against PSG. “He is able to play with his back to goal, in depth. It is technically very clean. He scores, he is decisive.”
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