One, two... it’s the fastest goal ever!
A SAUDI ARABIAN footballer has scored what may be the fastest goal on record – with a shot from the halfway line seconds after kick off.
Nawaf Al Abed tried his luck from more than 60 yards as soon as he was tapped the ball by an Al Hilal team-mate in a Saudi domestic game last weekend.
His speculative effort surprised both the opposition goal keeper and the cameraman, who only caught up with the ball as it flew into the net.
The goal, which set Al Hilal up for a 4-0 victory over Al Shoalah in the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Cup match, was of ficially logged at two seconds.
If confirmed by Fifa that would smash existing records for the quickest goal in competitive football.
Uruguayan striker Ricardo Olivera struck after 2.8 seconds for his side Rio Negro against Soriano in 1998 – the fastest strike in professional match – while in 2004 Marc Burrows scored for amateur side Cowes Sports in just 2.5 seconds in a Wessex League match against Eastleigh Reserves.
The fastest goal in the English Premier League was scored by Tottenham’s Ledley King against Bradford in 2000 after just 10 seconds.
Clips of Al Abed’s wonder effort – and the Al Hilal players’ dance routine celebrations – have drawn praise and astonishment from users of YouTube and other video-sharing websites.
“Wow! Amazing kick to get it just over the goalie who was not that far from the goal,” wrote one. – The Telegraph