Speedy strikes and a Uruguayan wanderer
Seconds, minutes and years… they all feature as FIFA.com’slatest stats review takes you to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador and, of course, France.
seconds is what it took Poland’s Robert Lewandowski to score the second-quickest goal in UEFA EURO history on Thursday – Russia’s Dmitri Kirichenko netted the fastest after 68 seconds against eventual champions Greece in 2004. Renato Sanches equalised for Portugal to become, at 18 years and 317 days, the third-youngest player marksman in EURO history behind Johan Vonlanthen and Wayne Rooney. The Portuguese then won a shootout to ensure the Poles went home despite not trailing for a single minute in France.
years had passed since a Frenchman won his maiden cap in an international tournament until Sunday. The Italian-sounding Gabriel de Michele was the previous at the FIFA World Cup™; the Cameroon-born Samuel Umtiti was the latest at EURO 2016. The Barcelona new boy, 22, celebrated his debut by completing each of his 77 passes against Iceland. It was a game in which France became the first team in EURO history to score four first-half goals, and Olivier Giroud made it nine strikes in his last nine starts for his country.
seconds is all it took Juan Cazares to knock his Atletico Mineiro team-mate Robinho off fourth spot in the list of the Campeonato Brasileiro’s fastest-ever marksmen on Thursday. The 99-times-capped Brazil international scored for Santos against Sao Caetano after 12 seconds in 2003, and he was involved in the move which saw a breathtaking flying back-heel from Fred set up the Ecuador midfielder. The quickest goal in Campeonato Brasileiro history was conceded by Atletico in 1989, with Nautico’s Nivaldo responsible after eight seconds.
countries have now been called home by ‘The Madman’ after Sebastian Abreu made El Salvador his new home. The former Uruguay international, famed for Panenkaing La Celeste into the South Africa 2010 semi-finals, began his career in his homeland in 21 years ago, before going on to play in Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Greece, Ecuador and Paraguay. The 39-year-old Santa Tecla striker has some way to go to break the world record, however – German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel was based in 25 nations and is the only man to have played professionally in all six FIFA confederations!
minutes of stoppage time: that was on the clock when Toronto FC scored against Vancouver Whitecaps to win the Canadian Championship on away goals. Toronto-born, Merseyside-raised Will Johnson got the title-clincher with his maiden goal in the tournament. It gave Toronto a record fifth Canadian Championship, two more than nearest rivals Montreal Impact.
Quick hits 11 seconds was all it took Cristian Pavon to net Boca Juniors’ fastest-ever goal in the Argentinian professional era.
6 consecutive shootouts is what Germany have won in major tournaments.