Benteke scores after 8.1 seconds, but is it the fastest goal ever?


Stealing the ball in the opposition’s half when an errant pass went astray, the 25-year-old capitalized on a disordered defense before calmly beating Deren Ibrahim in the Gibraltar goal.

The Belgian forward — born in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital of Kinshasa — went on to claim a hat-trick in the 6-0 win.

Benteke narrowly edges out the next best competitive international mark by 0.2 seconds according to FIFA, with the previous record set by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri against England in 1993.

That was a particularly embarrassing moment for English football given San Marino have never won a competitive game, though England did recover to win 7-1.

But is Benteke’s strike the fastest ever?

The quickest goal in an official international tournament was scored by Turkey’s Hakan Sukur after 10.89 seconds against World Cup host South Korea in the third place playoff fourteen…



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