The fastest goal in the history of football occurred in a match between San Lorenzo and Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina on December 22, 1994. José Luis Chilavert, the Paraguayan goalkeeper for Vélez Sarsfield, scored a remarkable goal from a free-kick just seconds after the game had started.
Chilavert launched a powerful strike from his own half, catching the opposing goalkeeper off-guard and finding the back of the net. The goal was scored only six seconds into the match, setting the record for the fastest goal ever scored in a competitive football match. Chilavert’s incredible feat remains a testament to the unpredictability and excitement that can unfold on the football pitch.
What is the fastest goal in PL history?
The fastest goal in Premier League history was scored by Shane Long, a striker for Southampton, in a match against Watford on April 23, 2019. Long’s goal came just 7.69 seconds into the game, catching the Watford defense off-guard right from the kickoff. After the referee blew the whistle to start the match, Long chased down a back pass from Watford’s kick-off, putting pressure on the defender. He successfully dispossessed the defender and calmly slotted the ball into the net, setting the record for the fastest goal ever scored in the Premier League.
Long’s lightning-quick strike surpassed the previous record held by Ledley King, who scored a goal for Tottenham Hotspur after just 9.82 seconds in a match against Bradford City in December 2000.