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Hakan Suker holds the record for the fastest goal scored in FIFA World Cup history. 

We have often seen teams take advantage of the nervy early seconds with a strong, high press in big games and sometimes, that gamble is worth its weight in gold. 

There have been multiple instances like that in FIFA World Cup history, where the opposition took a little too long to settle in after the whistle was blown and before they could realise, the keeper was picking the ball from his net.

Here’s a look at the top ten fastest goals in the marquee tournament.

Fastest goal in FIFA World Cup history 

Scorer

Time

Nation

Opponent

Year

Hakan Sukur

11 secs

Turkey

South Korea

2002

Vaclav Masek

16 secs

Czechoslovakia

Mexico

1962

Ernst Lehner

24 secs

Germany

Austria

1934

Bryan Robson

27 secs

England

France

1982

Clint Dempsey

30 secs

USA

Ghana

2014

Emile Veinante

35 secs

France

Belgium

1938

Arne Nyberg

35 secs

Sweden

Hungary

1938

Bernard Lacombe

37 secs

France

Italy

1978

Florian Albert

50 secs

Hungary

Bulgaria

1962

Adalbert Desu

50 secs

Romania

Peru

1930

 

Hakan Sukur (Turkey) vs South Korea, 2002 - 11 seconds 

The former Inter Milan forward had scored in just 11 seconds against hosts South Korea to register the fastest goal in World Cup history.

South Korea’s dream run at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, under Guus Hiddink, culminated with this 3-2 defeat in the third-place play-off of the against Turkey, orchestrated by this early goal from Hakan Sukur. 

Vaclav Masek (Czechoslovakia) vs Mexico, 1962 - 16 seconds

Vaclav Masek, who scored five times for Czechoslovakia in his career, scored in just 16 seconds against Mexico in the 1962 World Cup. This goal held the record for the fastest goal in the tournament history for four decades, until Sukur broke it in 2002. However, Czechoslovakia went on to lose this game 3-1. 

Ernst Lehner (Germany) vs Austria, 1934 - 24 seconds

In the second-ever FIFA World Cup held in 1934, Germany finished third after winning the third-place play-off against Australia by a 3-2 scoreline. Ernst Lehner, who scored 31 goals in 65 matches for his national side, scored twice that day. This includes the opening goal of the game, which arrived in just 24 seconds. 

Bryan Robson (England) vs France, 1982 - 27 seconds

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson scored in just 27 seconds against France during England’s group stage encounter against them in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. England emerged victorious 3-1 after Robson added another to his tally, alongside Paul Mariner. 

Clint Dempsey (USA) vs Ghana, 2014 - Fastest goals in FIFA World Cup 

American forward Clint Dempsey produced a moment of magic against Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He surged forward from the left side, dribbled past two defenders before placing it neatly past the Ghanaian keeper. This is the fastest goal by a non-European footballer in FIFA World Cup history.

Featured Image: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

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