Christian Benteke struck the fastest goal in a competitive international and went on to grab a hat-trick as Belgium defeated Gibraltar 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier

Christian Benteke struck the fastest goal in a competitive international and went on to complete his hat-trick as Belgium defeated Gibraltar 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

The Crystal Palace striker stole the ball in the home sides half after two Gibraltar touches following the kick-off and weaved his way through their defence to score from inside the area after only 8.1 sec.

Uefa said the goal was 0.2sec faster than the previous record since detailed timing was kept, held by San Marinos Davide Gualtieri against England in a 1993 World Cup qualifier.

Uefa said the fastest ever international goal is thought to be Lukas Podolskis for Germany against Ecuador in a 2013 friendly, timed at six seconds.

The most important thing was to score early, said Benteke. He celebrated the record-breaking strike by holding up six fingers, thinking he had scored after six seconds. The win kept Belgium top of GroupH, on goal difference, with nine points.

Axel Witsel scored from 25 metres after 19 minutes to double the advantage for Roberto Martnezs side and Benteke scored his second shortly before half-time when he turned in Thomas Meuniers cutback from six yards.

After Dries Martens scored the fourth with a dinked finish in the 51st minute Benteke completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a backheel from Eden Hazards pass. The Chelsea forward Hazard then added to his assist by completing the rout in the 78th minute. Greece also extended their 100% start in Group H by winning 2-0 in Estonia.

Andr Silva scored a first-half hat-trick to set Portugal on the way to a 6-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands.

Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target in the GroupB game as Portugal hit six goals for the second time in four days after their rout of Andorra on Friday.

Portugal went second in Group B with six points from three games, three behind Switzerland. The Faroes are fourth after taking four points from their first two matches without conceding a goal, but they found the European champions a different proposition to Hungary and Latvia, who they beat 2-0 on Friday.

The hosts were never in contention after Silva took advantage of a sliced clearance to put Portugal ahead with a clinical finish in the 12th minute.

The 20-year-old, who had scored once for his country before the game, doubled his tally 10 minutes later, heading in after Ricardo Quaresmas cross caused havoc in the area. Silva completed his hat-trick eight minutes before halftime by knocking home another loose ball.

Ronaldo got on the scoresheet in the 65th minute, from 20 metres . The visitors added two more goals in stoppage time as Joo Moutinho curled a delightful effort into the top corner and Joo Cancelo slotted home from Gelson Martins pass.

Switzerland have their own prolific scorer in the defender Fabian Schr. The Hoffenheim centre-back took his goal record to seven in 27 internationals by scoring a 19th-minute penalty in Switzerlands 2-1 victory in Andorra. Admir Mehmedi extended the lead in the 77th for the Swiss by connecting with a close-range header from Xherdan Shaqiris cross.

Andorra scored their first goal in World Cup qualification since September 2009 in the 90th minute when Alex Martinez fired home from distance.

Hungary rose to third with their first win of the campaign, beating Latvia 2-0. The winger Adam Gyurcso scored in the 10th and the forward Adam Szalai sealed the win in the 77th. Szalai also scored twice in a 3-2 home defeat against Switzerland on Friday.

Sweden swept to a 3-0 win against a brittle Bulgaria thanks to goals from Ola Toivonen, Oscar Hiljemark and Victor Lindeloef, a result that put them joint top of Group A with France. The two sides will meet in Paris on 11 November.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/oct/10/christian-benteke-fastest-world-cup-qualifying-goal-belgium

Belgiums Christian Benteke scores fastest goal in competitive internationals
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