Which teams hold the record for the highest scoring draw in a professional football match?

According to Guinness World Records, the highest scoring draw in a professional football match is 6-6 and that scoreline has been achieved three times, twice in Europe and once in South America. The first twelve-goal thriller was fought out between Koninklijke Voetbal Club (KVC) Westerlo and

Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie (KAA) Gent at Het Kuipje, Westerlo in the opening week of the Belgian first tier, the Jupiler Pro League, on August 7, 1999. In an extraordinary match, which both sides finished with nine players, Westerlo second striker Toni Brogno scored four times, including two penalties, while Genk centre forward Branko Strupar scored a hat-trick, with all three goals coming fron the penalty spot.

Only slight less remarkable was the Argentinian Primera Division match between Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Club Atlético Colón de Santa Fe played at the Juan Carmelo Zerillo Stadium, a.k.a. ‘El Bosque’, in La Plata, Buenos Aires on March 19, 2000. Again, Gimnasia centre forward Facundo Sava scored four goals and his opposite number, Esteban Fuertes, scored a hat-trick.

The most recent teams to draw 6-6 were Motherwell and Hibernian, who did so in a Scottish Premier League match at Fir Park, Motherwell on May 5, 2010. Hibernian led 4-2 at half-time, courtesy of a 36-minute hat-trick by striker Colin Nish, and further goals by Anthony Stokes increased their lead to 6-2 after 64 minutes. However, the ‘Steelmen’ lived up to their nickname, scoring four goals in the final quarter of the match, including an outstanding injury-time equaliser by man-of-the-match Lukas Jutkiewicz, who was on loan from Everton, to complete one of the greatest comebacks in football history.

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