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Fastest Goal in World Cup History
1. Fastest Goal in World Cup History
A list of the fastest goals in World Cup history after Clint Dempseys opening goal for the United States in their 21 win over Ghana after 29 seconds on June 16, 2014. The goal was initially given as 32 seconds and later 29 seconds.
2. Hakan Sukur 2002
Hakan of Turkey scored the fastest goal in World Cup history, when he opens the scoring after only 10 seconds during the 3rd place match against the host nation Republic of South Korea during the 2002 FIFA World Cup hosted jointly by Japan and South Korea in Daegu World Cup stadium in Daegu on 29 June 2002.
3. Vaclav Masek 1962
In Czechoslovakias 31 World Cup loss to Mexico in 1962, Czechoslovakia striker Vaclav Masek scored the teams only goal after only 16 seconds of play, the fastest goal in World Cup history until 40 years later, when his record was beaten by Hakan of Turkey, by scoring after 11 seconds in the 3rd place match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
4. Ernst Lehner 1934
In Germanys 32 victory over Austria, Germanys outside right, Ernst Lehner, found the back of the net in only 25 seconds. Lehner held the record for the fastest goal in World Cup history for some 28 years. His record was later broken by Vaclav Masek in 1962.
5. Bryan Robson 1982
One of Englands most famous goals came in the heat of Bilbao in 1982 and from the boot of Bryan Robson. In Englands 31 victory over France, it only took Manchester United midfielder, Bryan Robson, 27 seconds to make his mark on the game.
6. Clint Dempsey 2014
In the United States 21 victory over Ghana, Clint Dempsey scored the fastest World Cup goal by an American. He gave the US a dream start to the World Cup, scoring with their first attack, after just 29 seconds. The goal was the fastest goal of the 2014 World Cup so far, and the 5thfastest goal in World Cup history.
7. Emile Veinante 1938
France, the host of the 1938 World Cup, boasted one of the fastest goals in World Cup history when forward Emile Veinante knocked in a goal against Belgium on the way to a 31 victory in the first round for the home team. They were eventually defeated by winners Italy at the quarterfinal stage.
8. Arne Nyberg 1938
As for Arne Nyberg, whose semifinal goal against Hungary came about a week after Veinantes goal for France, another goal in 35 seconds. It might have brought Nyberg a degree of personal glory, but it didnt work out so well for the Swedish player. It meant nothing in the context of the game ? the Hungarians were soon back on level terms before going on to trounce the Swedes and book a place in the final.
9. Bernard Lacombe 1978
There cant be many better ways of launching a World Cup than with a goal within 37 seconds of the opening match. Bernard Lacombe scores for France against Italy only after 37 seconds of the match, world cup 1978.
10. Florian Albert 1962
Florian Alberts individual performance against Bulgaria in the group stage of the 1962 World Cup was arguably one of the greatest performances of all time. It took the Hungarian marksman 50 seconds to open his account before, 6 minutes to grab a brace, and 53 for his hattrick as Hungary destroyed the hapless Bulgarians.
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