BRATISLAVA: Austria’s Christoph Baumgartner scored six seconds after kickoff in a friendly against Slovakia in Bratislava, the fastest recorded goal in international football.

The 24-year-old sprinted from the centre circle and skipped past three challenges before firing a low shot from outside the box into the bottom corner.

As Slovakia’s home fans looked on in disbelief, Austrians in the away section at the Tehelne pole stadium in Bratislava celebrated as the RB Leipzig midfielder was mobbed by his team mates. Austria went on to win 2-0.

Andreas Weimann’s late goal confirmed victory for Ralf Rangnick’s side.

Baumgartner’s remarkable effort was almost equalled later on Saturday evening when Florian Wirtz put Germany ahead in France, with a 25-yard effort that appeared to deflect off Dayot Upamecano before clipping the underside of the crossbar on its way in.

Austria, who host Turkey in Vienna on Tuesday, have now won four consecutive matches as they build for this summer’s Euro finals in Germany.

They could hardly have had a better start in the Slovak capital with the home fans looking on in complete disbelief as RB Leipzig’s Baumgartner wheeled away to celebrate with his team-mates.

His goal was also two seconds faster than when Davide Gualtieri stunned England by scoring for San Marino after eight seconds in a World Cup qualifier in 1993 and Christian Benteke’s goal for Belgium against Gibraltar in 2017.

The earliest goal ever recorded in the Premier League was by Shane Long for Southampton 7.69 seconds into their meeting with Watford in 2019.

Roy Makaay holds that distinction in the Champions League, finding the net for Bayern Munich 10.12 seconds into the second leg of their last-16 tie against Real Madrid in March.

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