Southampton’s Shane Long broke the record for fastest ever goal scored in English Premier League history with a goal just 7 seconds after kickoff.
It came in Southampton’s away match against Watford and while it was the home side who kicked off, Long charged down Craig Cathcart’s attempted clearance and dinked the ball over Ben Foster to score the goal.
0.07 – At just seven seconds, Shane Long's strike against Watford is the fastest ever scored in @premierleague history. Record.
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Opta then went on to confirm that Long’s goal was indeed the quickest goal ever scored in Premier League history. Long’s not had a stellar goalscoring season so far, as the Saints have flirted with relegation for the most part.
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However, they have managed to hit an upturn of general form under former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, with Long generally preferred up front rather than target man Charlie Austin.
Speaking after the game, Long admitted that he had no idea that he broke the record for fastest goal when he had scored it.
“It’s nice. I didn’t find out [about the record] until after the game and I didn’t know what the record was before.
“In every game you want to show your intent from the first kick and put them under pressure.
“Mainly it’s just to force that long ball so they’re not quite set. Luckily I blocked it, it dropped nicely and I took a touch across Craig [Cathcart].
“I know Ben [Foster] from West Brom and he’s an amazing keeper. He spreads himself so well and from watching clips, I knew the dinked finish was my best option of scoring. Thankfully it came off,” he said.
Long ended up breaking an 18 year old record held by former Tottenham defender Ledley King, who scored in 9.82 seconds against Bradford City way back in 2000.
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 23, 2019