FIFA times Benteke at 8.1 seconds for fastest World Cup goal
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 12, 2016 11:39 AM
From left, Belgium's Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini and Michy Batshuayi pose for photographers after they beat Bosnia in their World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says Belgium forward Christian Benteke took 8.1 seconds to score the fastest goal in World Cup history.
The official timing confirmed Tuesday means Benteke's goal in a qualifying match against Gibraltar was 0.2 seconds quicker than Davide Gualtieri for San Marino in 1993. Gualtieri needed 8.3 to score in a qualifier against England.
While Benteke went on to score three in Belgium's 6-0 win on Monday, San Marino eventually lost 7-1 after its record start.
Benteke scored despite Gibraltar kicking off. The Crystal Palace forward robbed the ball after two touches by the defense, drove forward and scored with a clipped shot over the goalkeeper.
Gibraltar helped write a chapter of World Cup history in just its third qualifying match after joining FIFA in May.