Hulk nets hat-trick as Zenit beat Alania 4-0
Hulk shone as Zenit Saint Petersburg beat Alania Vladikavkaz 4-0 in the 27th round of the Russian League.
The former Vitória player scored a hat-trick, helping his team remain in third place in the competition, with 57 points.
Hulk opened the scoring in the 36th minute as he converted a penalty. The winger extended Zenit's lead in the 64th minute and completed his hat-trick eight minutes later.
Alexander Bukharov scored Zenit's last goal shortly before the final whistle was blown.
Zenit's next game will be played on Wednesday against Anzhi Makhachkala at the Stadion Petrovskij, for the Russian Cup semi-finals.
Hulk has now scored seven goals in the league since he joined the Russian club in January, and has been frequently included in Brazil's national team squad, despite doubts about his quality in his homeland.
He is also expected to be in Brazil's squad list for the Confederations Cup, which will be played next month.