Germany striker Lukas Podolski scored one of the fastest goals in international football last night, opening the scoring against Ecuador inside ten seconds.
The Arsenal forward’s goal has officially been timed at just over nine seconds, meaning little-known Davide Gualtieri still holds the all-time record – scoring after 8.3 seconds for San Marino against England.
That won’t bother Podolski, however, with the 27-year-old proving the critics – most notably Oliver Bierhoff – wrong.
For the record, Germany were four goals up inside 30 minutes, with Podolski and Lars Bender both scoring braces against the 10th ranked team in world football.
Antonio Valencia and Walter Ayovi pulled goals back for the South American outfit, but they weren’t able to close the gap on Joachim Low’s side.
It was Podolski’s opener that grabbed the headlines however, nicking the ball off the defender and firing past the helpless goalkeeper at the FAU Stadium.
Watch the brilliant goal here, and let us know the fastest goal you’ve ever seen…
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