Shane Long set the record for the fastest goal in Premier League history in Southampton’s draw with Watford on Tuesday night.
The 32-year-old found the back of the net in an unbelievable 7.69 seconds. The Irishman charged down Craig Cathcart and clipped the ball past goalkeeper Ben Foster to break Ledley King's long-standing record.
The Tottenham legend took to twitter to congratulate Long after breaking his record, adding ‘that’s gonna take some beating’.
Just wanted to congratulate @ShaneLong7 on breaking the fastest goal in premier league history record after 19 years that’s gonna take some beating 👊🏾well done
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) April 24, 2019
Here’s a look at the top ten fastest goals in Premier League history.
1. Shane Long, 7.69sec
2. Ledley King, 9.82sec - Bradford 3-3 Tottenham, 2000
The Spurs defender was the unlikely previous holder of the competition's fastest goal. A hopeful ball forward was met with a tame header back out and King lashed a deflected shot in from 20 yards at Valley Parade.
3. Alan Shearer, 10.52sec - Newcastle 2-0 Manchester City, 2003
The Premier League’s all time leading goalscorer had to be on this list. Shearer was quick off the mark when he charged down City keeper Carlo Nash's attempted clearance and poked home the loose ball from a tight angle.
4. Christian Eriksen, 10.54sec - Tottenham 2-0 Manchester United, 2017
Harry Kane and Dele Alli combined to create the chance for the Dane, who calmly swept home the early opener.
5. Mark Viduka, 11.90sec - Charlton 1-2 Leeds, 2001
Leeds' Australian number nine was never renowned for his pace but he was too quick for Charlton. Alan Smith rose to flick on a long ball from Ian Harte and Viduka did the rest.
6. Dwight Yorke, 12.16sec - Coventry 0-3 Aston Villa, 1995
Straight from kick-off Mark Draper sent Ian Taylor clear down the right and he put in a perfect cross which Yorke was able to steer home in double-quick time.
7. Chris Sutton, 12.94sec - Everton 1-2 Blackburn, 1995
One half of Blackburn's deadly strike partnership with Shearer, Sutton also wasted no time in hitting the back of the net as Rovers took another stride towards the title.
8. Kevin Nolan, 13.48sec - Blackburn 3-4 Bolton, 2004
The midfielder was on hand after Kevin Davies dispossessed defender Martin Taylor to create the chance. Nolan struck again 77 minutes later to settle a topsy-turvy game.
9. James Beattie, 13.52sec - Chelsea 2-1 Southampton, 2004
The Saints striker pounced on Joe Cole's poor back-pass to strike early, but later put through his own goal as Chelsea hit back to win.
10. Asmir Begovic, 13.64sec - Stoke 1-1 Southampton, 2013
Yes, a goalkeeper. Artur Boruc was the unlucky man at the other end as he watched Begovic's punt bounce over him. It is also the longest-range goal in history, measured at 91.9 metres.
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