Top 10: The Fastest Goals In FIFA World Cup History

Players are trying everything they can to get their names on the scorecard during the FIFA World Cup 2022. While Enner Valencia leads with three goals to his name, many other players, including Bukayo Saka, Ferran Torres, and Lionel Messi, are close behind with two goals each in the hunt for the Golden Boot. The tournament has already seen a number of incredible goals, including Messi’s long-range power drive against Mexico and Richarlison’s acrobatic kick against Serbia.

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Enner Valencia of Ecuador leads the race for the Golden Boot 2022

When an early goal is achieved, the level of exhilaration inevitably changes. It tightens up the game and makes the underperforming team play harder. Alphonso Davies’ header against Croatia within the first 68 seconds of the FIFA World Cup 2022 match has so far been the tournament’s quickest goal.

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Alphonso Davies has scored the fastest goal in FIFA World Cup 2022

Even so, it wouldn’t be fast enough to rank among the top 10 fastest World Cup goals in history. The list of the quickest goals ever scored at a World Cup has many more ahead of the 68 second mark.

1.Hakan Sukur (Turkey) – 11 seconds

Within 11 seconds of the game’s start, Turkey’s all-time leading scorer scored this incredible goal. In a World Cup 2002 playoff game for third place against South Korea, Sukur achieved this remarkable feat. The retired Turkish international currently resides in exile in the United States.

2.Vaclav Masek (Czech Republic) – 16 seconds

During the 1962 World Cup in Chile, the Czech player netted this goal against Mexico. Although Mexico triumphed in the group stage match, Masek managed to secure his place in World Cup history by scoring the tournament’s fastest goal, a record which remained unbroken for 40 years until Hakan Sukur of Turkey made it into history books.

3. Ernst Lehner (Germany) – 24 seconds

Lehner scored the goal during the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy versus Austria. the  The goal was scored in the third-place playoff game where Germany eventually prevailed in the match and finished third in the competition.

4. Bryan Robson (England) – 27 seconds

In the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, England international Bryan Robson struck this goal against France just three seconds after the earlier one. Bryan Robson scored a brace as England defeated the opponents 3-1.

5. Clint Dempsey (USA) – 30 seconds

This goal, the most recent in the list, was scored against Ghana in the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. Dempsey’s goal cutting swiftly through a defender gave USA the advantage in a Group G game a. Dempsey set a record as the USA triumphed 2-1 in the game.

6. Emile Veinante (France) – 35 seconds

The goal was scored by the French international against the Belgians in the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France. The match was won 3-1 by France at home.

7. Arne Nyberg (Sweden) – 35 seconds

Two of the quickest goals ever were scored simultaneously at the same time during the 1938 World Cup. The goal was scored In the semi-final match versus Hungary. Although Hungary defeated Sweden and won the game by scoring five goals while allowing only one.

8. Bernard Lacombe (France) – 37 seconds

At the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the Frenchman netted this goal against Italy. Italy rallied to defeat the opposition two goals to one.

9. Florian Albert (Hungary) – 50 seconds

During the 1962 World Cup in Uruguay, the Hungarian struck this goal against Bulgaria. In this match, Hungary defeated Bulgaria by six goals. Hungary advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Czechoslovakia.

10. Adalbert Desu (Romania) – 50 seconds

This goal was scored against Peru in the first World Cup, which was held in Uruguay in 1930, at the same time as its predecessor. Romania defeated Peru 3-1 in this match, but neither team advanced past the group rounds.



Sachin Kankaria

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