Southampton striker Shane Long has scored the fastest goal in English Premier League history, netting after just seven seconds against Watford at Vicarage Road.
The 32-year-old wrote his name in the record books on Tuesday when he charged down a Craig Cathcart clearance before running through on goal and lobbing the ball calmly over goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Long snatched the record from former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King, who scored after 9.9 seconds against Bradford in 2000.
Alan Shearer scored the third-fastest goal, in 10.4 seconds, for Newcastle against Manchester City in 2003.
Long’s goal was his third in the last four games, although the 32-year-old has netted on just one other occasion in all competitions this season.
Unfortunately for Long, Andre Gray’s late strike secured a 1-1 draw for Watford.
However the historic goal sent the football world into a frenzy.
— Dale Jordan (@DaleTJordan) April 23, 2019
0.07 – At just seven seconds, Shane Long's strike against Watford is the fastest ever scored in @premierleague history. Record.
— RJ Lahari 🇮🇳 (@DeepakLahari) April 23, 2019
Fastest Goal in PL History 🏃♂️💨
— talkSAINTS 🏴 (@talkSAINTS) April 23, 2019
— JF (@JF_1010) April 23, 2019
Straight to the top ⚡️
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 23, 2019
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 23, 2019
Fastest goals in EPL history
Shane Long: Watford v Southampton, April 2019 – 7.69 seconds
There appeared to be little danger when Cathcart looked to play a long ball downfield from Roberto Pereyra’s kick-off but Long had other ideas.
His block fell fortuitously into his path but there was nothing lucky about the glorious flick over the onrushing Foster.
Ledley King: Bradford City v Tottenham, December 2000 – 9.82 seconds
It might have held the title of quickest goal for nearly 19 years, but it certainly was not the prettiest.
The former England international powered forward from midfield and dispatched a bobbling effort past Matt Clarke, who might feel he should have done better.
Alan Shearer: Newcastle United v Manchester City, January 2003 – 10.52 seconds
The Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer scarcely needed a helping hand to find the back of the net but he got one from Carlo Nash.
The Magpies hero closed down the City goalkeeper’s attempted clearance and tapped into an empty net for possibly the easiest finish of his decorated career.
Christian Eriksen: Tottenham v Manchester United, January 2018 – 10.54 seconds
The Denmark international took full advantage of some generous United defending to set Spurs on their way to a 2-0 win.
Son Heung-min’s attempted shot was blocked into the path of Eriksen, who coolly slotted past a shell-shocked David de Gea.
Mark Viduka: Charlton Athletic v Leeds United, March 2001 – 11.90 seconds
The former Australia international was known for his languid style but he was quick out of the blocks against Charlton.
Alan Smith’s header fell kindly for his strike partner and Viduka made no mistake, steering a fine finish past Sasa Ilic.