– Christian Benteke’s goal seven seconds against Gibraltar is the fastest goal in a FIFA match
– Belgium defeated the European minnows in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match
– Paul Pogba scored the only goal (a 30 yard strike) as France beat Netherlands in their clash
Belgium striker Christian Benteke has scored the fastest goal in a FIFA international match.
The Crystal Palace striker scored after seven seconds against Gibraltar in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Monday.
The 25-year-old’s strike is also the quickest goal in Belgium’s history and it beat the goal record of 8.3 seconds set by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri against England in November 1993.
The Crystal Palace FC striker pounced on a loose ball from the kick-off and dribbled into the box before scoring with a left-footed shot.
Benteke added his second before half-time with Axel Witsel also on the scoresheet as Belgium led 3-0 at half-time.
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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was also on the scoresheet, along with Dries Mertens, as Roberto Martinez’s side won their third 2018 World Cup qualifier to maintain a 100 per cent start.
Manchester United’ss Paul Pogba scored a 30 yard long-range effort as France won 1-0 against the Netherlands.
Pogba’s 30th-minute goal means France top Group A ahead of Monday’s opponents and Sweden, who beat Bulgaria 3-0.
Meanwhile, Euro 2016 winners Portugal beat Faroe Islands 6-0 with FC Porto striker Andre Silva scoring a first-half hat-trick and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo netting his 66th international goal.
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