FIFA confirms fastest WCup goal


October 12, 2016
Christian Benteke


FIFA says Belgium forward Christian Benteke took 8.1 seconds to score the fastest goal in World Cup history.

The official timing confirmed yesterday means Benteke's goal in a qualifying match against Gibraltar was 0.2 seconds quicker than Davide Gualtieri for San Marino in 1993. Gualtieri needed 8.3 to score in a

qualifier against England.

While Benteke went on to score three in Belgium's 6-0 win on Monday, San Marino eventually lost 7-1 after the record start.

Benteke scored despite Gibraltar kicking off. The Crystal Palace forward robbed the ball after two

touches by the defence, drove forward and scored with a clipped shot over the goalkeeper.

Gibraltar helped write a chapter of World Cup

history in just their third qualifying match after joining FIFA in May.

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