Fastest Goals in International Football History After Florian Wirtz, Baumgartner Strikes

Fastest Goals in International Football History After Florian Wirtz, Baumgartner Strikes

Martin Moses
updated at March 25, 2024 at 7:49 AM
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  • Christoph Baumgartner and Florian Wirtz have scored some of the quickest goals
  • Baumgartner was on target against Slovakia, while Wirtz scored against France
  • Sports Brief brings you a revised list of the fastest goals in international football

Christoph Baumgartner and Florian Wirtz set new records over the weekend by scoring the fastest goals ever in international football history.

The Bundesliga duo were on target for Austria and Germany as they helped their sides to victories over Slovakia and France, respectively.

Florian Wirtz, Lukas Podolski, Christian Benteke, Davide Gualtieri, Christoph Baumgartner, fastest goals in international football.
Germany players celebrate Florian Wirtz's goal against France on March 23. Photo by Boris Streubel.
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Fastest international goals

Sports Brief lists the fastest international football goals and where these new strikes rank.

5. Davide Gualtieri - England vs San Marino 1993 - 8.3 seconds

The Three Lions were in a very precarious position in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers. They needed to beat San Marino by seven goals to qualify.

But their hopes were quickly dashed 8.3 seconds into the game after Davide Gualtieri pounced on a poor back pass from Stuart Pearce to score the game's first goal. England would score seven goals, but Gualtieri's early goal meant that Netherlands qualified for the USA tournament instead of them, as captured by Sports Illustrated.

4. Christian Benteke - Belgium vs Gibraltar 2016 - 8.1 seconds

The tall Belgian took only 8.1 seconds to find the back of the net against Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier match.

He went on to score a hat-trick as Belgium recorded an impressive 6-0 win.

3. Florian Wirtz - France vs Germany 2024 - 7 seconds

Florian Wirtz might have gotten the goal, but he shared the plaudits equally with Toni Kroos, who was featuring for the first time since making his return to international football.

The Real Madrid man found Wirtz straight from kickoff, who unleashed a rasping shot from outside the area to leave the 2018 World Champions dazed.

2. Lukas Podolski - Germany vs Ecuador 2013 - 6 seconds

The former Arsenal striker stole the ball from defender Gabriel Achilier to score after just six seconds. He got a second goal in the game, as Die Mannschaft went on to win 4-2.

1. Christoph Baumgartner - Slovakia vs Austria 2024 - 6 seconds

Christoph Baumgartner's strike vs Slovakia has now been credited by multiple sources as the fastest goal ever seen in international football. The RB Leipzig man evaded defenders after kickoff before striking the ball from outside the area.

Endrick on target vs England

In another friendly game, Sports Brief reported that Endrick scored his first international goal as he found the back of the net against England.

The Brazil sensation was introduced in the second half and was the difference maker between the two powerhouses at Wembley Stadium.

A shot from Vinicius Junior was saved by Jordan Pickford, with the rebound falling to the teenager, who slotted it into an empty net.

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