Christoph Baumgartner and Florian Wirtz score two of the fastest international goals – Firstpost

Christoph Baumgartner, 24, entered the record books in a friendly match against Slovakia.

Austria’s Christoph Baumgartner scored one of the fastest international goals of all time in six seconds, quickly followed by another lightning-fast strike from Germany’s Florian Wirtz.

Baumgartner, 24, entered the record books in a friendly match against Slovakia.

The Leipzig striker broke through the home defense from the kick-off, outpacing three players, before firing a 25-yard shot past Martin Dubravka in goal.

“We have already done this variation, sprinting from the kick-off and taking all the risks. The sequence of steps worked so that I managed to run,” Baumgartner told Austrian public broadcaster ORF after the match which his team won 2-0.

“Of course, it’s really cool, I’m very happy. The fact that I hit him like that… it’s obviously sensational.

He added: “I am particularly happy to have been able to help the team. This is the most important thing about the lens.

Baumgartner’s goal bettered the previous record by seven seconds it took Lukas Podolski to score for Germany against Ecuador in 2013.

The Austrian FA described Baumgartner’s effort as the fastest goal in the history of international football.

“Of course we got off to a very good start, that goal alone was probably worth the price of admission,” said Austrian coach Ralf Rangnick.

“After that we didn’t play a good first half. The second half was much better.

Meanwhile, later on Saturday, Wirtz scored after seven seconds against France in a friendly match in Lyon which Germany won 2–0.

The Leverkusen player beat goalkeeper Brice Samba with a superb shot under the crossbar.

“I don’t think anyone understood or realized what was happening. We were all quite surprised, but obviously there was a lot of joy,” Wirtz told German broadcaster ZDF after his first international goal.

“You can’t start a match better.”

Wirtz added that his team’s lightning-fast start had been practiced.

“But for it to work so well and lead to this scoring opportunity, it’s great.”

The fastest goal scored at a World Cup was that of Turkey’s Hakan Sukur against South Korea in 2002 after 11 seconds.

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