Ben­teke nets World Cup’s fastest goal

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

GENEVA (AP): THE FASTEST goal in World Cup his­tory capped a night of 6-0 routs and The Nether­lands’ fur­ther fall in Euro­pean qual­i­fy­ing yes­ter­day.

Seven sec­onds ticked by when Bel­gium for­ward Chris­tian Ben­teke’s shot fin­ished his surg­ing run through the Gi­bral­tar de­fence, which kicked off but coughed up the ball.

Ben­teke beat the 8.3 sec­onds that FIFA timed Da­vide Gaultieri tak­ing to score for San Marino against Eng­land in 1993 and set the tone for the vis­it­ing Bel­gians’ 6-0 win.

Por­tu­gal also won 6-0, but needed only a sin­gle ex­cel­lent goal from Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to dom­i­nate the Faeroe Is­lands.

In­stead, 20-year-old An­dre Silva stepped up with a first-half hat-trick in just his fourth in­ter­na­tional match — per­haps fi­nally pair­ing Ron­aldo with a true penalty-area preda­tor for the freshly crowned Euro­pean cham­pion.

Dutch de­cline has been steep since it fol­lowed run­ner-up and third-place fin­ishes at the last two World Cups with fail­ure to qual­ify for an ex­panded Euro 2016.

A 1-0 loss at home to France was the lat­est set­back, sealed by Paul Pogba’s pow­er­ful shot from 30 yards in the first half.

Bel­gium and France top their groups, though Por­tu­gal trail Switzer­land, which won their third straight qual­i­fier, 2-1 at lowly An­dorra.

Only the nine Euro­pean group win­ners ad­vance di­rectly to play in Rus­sia and four run­ners-up will qual­ify through a play-off round.

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