You don’t often see goalkeepers score from the run of play, but inside the first 15 seconds of a match? Well that, my friends, has never happened before.
Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic scored the fastest-ever goal by a goalkeeper on Saturday, needing just twelve seconds to beat his opposite number, Southampton’s Artur Boruc, on a clearance from his own goal area. Begovic took a simple back pass after the opening kickoff and booted it up-field. The ball bounced between two Saints defenders and over Boruc, who was too far off his line. Clearly, the strong gusts of wind at Britannia Stadium could certainly have been credited with an assist.
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The goal reminds us of Tim Howard’s 100-yard effort from a couple seasons ago, which similarly benefited from a mighty gust of wind. In both instances, the scorers refrained from celebrating, as the goalkeeping fraternity is typically very tight-knit; they don’t like to see anyone concede such embarrassing howlers.
It was only the fifth goal scored by keeper in the Premier League era, and it beat the all-time record for fastest by a goalie by 11 seconds. Nottingham Forest keeper Paul Smith had held the record since 2007, when he scored 23 seconds into a League Cup match against Leicester.
Here’s another fun fact: Begovic is now tied for the team lead in Premier League goals, with exactly one. Perhaps Stoke have found a new secret weapon? Sounds like they could use it.
And yes, it’s a cool feeling to score my first ever goal for the club! 😝😝😝— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) November 2, 2013
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