Crystal Palace frontman Christian Benteke was clearly in the mood to stick to lowly Gibraltar last night, delighting punters who’d backed him for first goal after just EIGHT seconds.
The goal scored at Gibraltar temporary ‘home’ ground in Faro, Portugal has been confirmed by FIFA as the fastest strike in competitive international history at 8.1 seconds.
To matters even worse for Gibraltar, amazingly the goal came from their own kick-off. Oh the shame…
Benteke’s goal beats the previous record held by Davide Gualtieri of San Marino, who scored his rapid opener in just 8.3 seconds against England in 1993. So that’s another reason to be cheerful for fans of the Three Lions, as it comes on the back of the news captain Wayne Rooney has been benched.
He wasn’t finished with Gibraltar there however, and the former Liverpool man went on net a hat-trick as his country routed the rocky British Overseas Territory 6-0.
The goal comes as another blow to embattled Gibraltar as they have only won a single game (in 2014 v Malta) since being accepted as a full UEFA member in 2013.
You can check out the goal above and it really is the kind of defending Aston Villa would be proud of, ouch!