CHRISTIAN Benteke scored the fastest ever goal in World Cup history when he put Belgium ahead after seven seconds of their Group H game against Gibraltar on Monday night.
The Crystal Palace striker slotted home as Belgium broke away from the kick off to beat the previous record of eight seconds held by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri who scored against England in 1993.
Gibraltar had kicked off the Group H clash in Faro on Monday night but they had only two touches before Benteke intercepted and ran on to neatly clip the ball over goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim.
“The coach told us to press high as soon as the game kicked off,’ Benteke told Belgian network RTBF.
“Their defender did not anticipate the back pass well and I got ahead of him and made for the goal.”
The swiftest ever international goal was scored after six seconds by Lukas Podolski for Germany in a friendly match against Ecuador in 2013.
Axel Witsel doubled their advantage with a fierce drive in the 19th minute before Benteke scored his second just before half-time.
Dries Mertens made it 4-0 in the 51st minute and Benteke completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a close-range flick.
Eden Hazard completed the rout in the 79th minute.
Benteke has scored three times in five Premier League games for Palace since his £27 million move from Liverpool in the close season and said he was feeling more confident again after a disappointing stay on Merseyside.
“I’m taking advantage of my current form to help the team. After a bad spell I’m now doing well again, and I want to continue like this,” he added.
“Scoring a hat-trick is great. I would have preferred to have produced this display against a slightly tougher opponent, but I’m not going to start complaining.”
Belgium are currently second in the FIFA rankings while Gibraltar are last at 205, together with six other nations.
The game was played in a near empty stadium in Faro, Portugal as Gibraltar does not have a stadium up to international standards.
Gibraltar are playing its first World Cup qualifying campaign after gaining FIFA membership in May. – DailyMail