One, two... it’s the fastest goal ever!

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

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

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