Austria, Germany score two of fastest international goals

AFP , Saturday 23 Mar 2024

Austria's Christoph Baumgartner scored one of the fastest-ever international goals inside seven seconds on Saturday and was then quickly followed by a similarly lightning strike by Germany's Florian Wirtz.

Austria s midfielder Nicolas Seiwald (L) and Slovakia s midfielder Stanislav Lobotka vie for the ball during the friendly football match between Slovakia and Austria in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 23, 2024. AFP


Baumgartner, 24, went into the record books during a friendly match in Bratislava.

The Leipzig attacker drove through the home defence from kick-off before unleashing a 25-metre shot past Martin Dubravka in goal.

Baumgartner's strike matched the seven seconds it took Lukas Podolski to score for Germany against Ecuador in May, 2013.

The Austrian FA described Baumgartner's effort as the fastest goal in the history of international football.

Meanwhile, later Saturday, Wirtz was just as fast against France in a friendly in Lyon.

The Leverkusen player beat 'keeper Brice Samba with a superb shot under the crossbar.

The fastest goal scored in a World Cup was by Turkey's Hakan Sukur against South Korea in 2002 after 11 seconds.

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