Southampton striker Shane Long scored the fastest goal in the Premier League history after just 7.69 seconds in Tuesday’s draw at Watford.
The Irish striker continued his transformation from a shot-shy workhorse into a prolific goalscorer after he put his team in front 8 seconds after the game had kicked off.
A pass was played back by Roberto Pereyra from the center-spot to central defender Craig Cathcart. Long, sensing the opportunity, charged to close down the space. Cathcart’s attempted clearance was perhaps a little too late as Long caught him on his heels and the ball rebounded behind the defender.
Long then sprinted to the ball and clipped it over a charging Ben Foster from just inside the penalty area.
Fastest Goal in PL History 🏃♂️💨
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His goal, officially timed at 7.69 seconds, ended a 19-year record held by Tottenham’s Ledley King.
Speaking after the match, Shane Long said:
The manager said to make a quick start and put them under pressure. It’s a nice record to have.
Goalless in 1320 minutes in January, Long has now scored three times in past four games. This was his fourth goal of the season overall.
|Fastest Premier League Goals|
|07.69||Shane Long||Watford vs. Southampton||2018-19|
|09.82||Ledley King||Bradford vs. Tottenham||2000-01|
|10.52||Alan Shearer||Newcastle vs. Man City||2002-03|
|10.54||Christian Eriksen||Tottenham vs. Man United||2017-18|
|11.90||Mark Viduka||Charlton vs. Leeds||2000-01|
|12.16||Dwight Yorke||Coventry vs. Aston Villa||1995-96|
|12.94||Chris Sutton||Everton vs. Blackburn||1994-95|
|13.48||Kevin Nolan||Blackburn vs. Bolton||2003-04|
|13.52||James Beattie||Chelsea vs. Southampton||2004-05|
|13.64||Asmir Begovic||Stoke vs. Southampton||2012-13|
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