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The fastest goals in football

Simon Rice
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  • Last updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2011 at 1:54 pm

Alexandre Pato stunned the Nou Camp last night when he raced through the Barcelona back line to score the first goal of the match after just 24 seconds.

The AC Milan forward’s goal was quick, but it wasn’t even the fastest in the Champions League. Here, we take a look at some lightning quick finishes…

Pato silenced the Nou Camp with this goal after 24 seconds. “Not even Usain Bolt would have been able to stop him,” Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola told a news conference after the match…

The fastest ever Champions League goal was scored by Bayern Munich’s Roy Makaay in 10.12 seconds against Real Madrid on 7 March 2007…

When it comes to the Champions League final, Liverpool fans will remember Paolo Maldini’s effort for AC Milan after 53 seconds in that final…

This effort from Fred is the fastest documented goal on our list at 3.17 seconds, striking the ball for America/MG straight after kick-off from the half-way line. The Brazilian performed a fitting celebration…

The fastest goal record in La Liga belongs to Llorente who netted for Valladolid against Espanyol in 2008 in just 8 seconds…

For the fastest goal in English football, you have to go back to 1979 when Colin Cowperthwaite scored in 3.5 seconds in the match between Barrow and Kettering Town. Since the formation of the Premier League, the fastest goal scorer is Alan Shearer of Newcastle, with a time of 10 seconds against Manchester City…

The fastest goal by a substitute was 1.8 seconds, scored by Nicklas Bendtner against Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham…

The fastest goal on the biggest stage, the World Cup, came in 2002 when Hakan Sukur scored for Turkey against co-hosts South Korea after 11 seconds…

Another World Cup related goal, and one that England fans will never forget. After 8.3 seconds San Marino took the lead at Wembley in England’s failed qualification for USA 1994…

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Let us finish on a more positive note. The fastest ever hat-trick (time between first and third goals) in England belongs to James Hayter for Bournemouth in a match against Wrexham in 2004. But perhaps a more famous rapid hat-trick belongs to Robbie Fowler of Liverpol when in 1994 he scored three against Arsenal in the space of 4 mins 33 seconds…

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