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Long breaks the record, but who's in the top five fastest goalscorers?

Shane Long scores Southampton’s opening goal at Watford – the fastest goal in Premier League history. (Adam Davy/PA)
Shane Long scores Southampton’s opening goal at Watford – the fastest goal in Premier League history. (Adam Davy/PA)

By Gareth McCullough

Southampton's Shane Long set the record for the fastest goal ever scored in the Premier League last night. He is the current top five following the Republic of Ireland striker's effort.

1. Shane Long

SOUTHAMPTON v Watford (2018/19) - 7.69 seconds

The Republic of Ireland forward broke the 19-year-old record held by Ledley King as he charged down an attempted pass from current Northern Ireland international Craig Cathcart before collecting the ball and lifting it over Hornets keeper Ben Foster.

However, the Saints couldn't hold out for a much-needed win, as Javi Gracia's FA Cup finalists levelled in the final minute of the match at Vicarage Road courtesy of Andre Gray

2. Ledley King

Bradford City v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (2000/01) - 9.82 seconds

The now-retired Spurs centre-back was playing in a midfield role at Valley Parade when he found the net with a scrappy goal in windy conditions.

Ledley King's 10-second goal at Bradford is now the second fastest in Premier League history
Ledley King's 10-second goal at Bradford is now the second fastest in Premier League history

Having burst forward from the kick-off, King had the aid of some poor defending before firing in a not-exactly fearsome strike that seemed to catch out then Bradford keeper Matt Clarke, with the ball bobbling into the net to give the record to one of the more unlikely players

3. Alan Shearer

NEWCASTLE UNITED v Manchester City (2002/03) - 10.52 seconds

The Premier League's all-time record goalscorer got his Newcastle Unite side off to the best possible start over 15 years ago at St James' Park when he charged down an attempted clearance from City keeper Carlo Nash.

With the ball loose, the Geordie hero had the simplest of tasks to sidefoot the ball into the empty net and leave Nash stranded.

Christian Eriksen, right, scores against Manchester United
Christian Eriksen, right, scores against Manchester United

4. Christian Eriksen

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v Manchester United (2017/18) - 10.54 seconds

The Denmark international is the second Spurs player to feature on the list and his goal from the first attack of the game last season at Wembley was on 0.02 seconds behind Shearer's in third place.

After Harry Kane flicked a long ball on to Delle Ali, the midfielder saw his shot blocked by Chris Smalling and Eriksen was on hand to fire home the rebound past a helpless David De Gea.

5. Mark Viduka

Charlton Athletic v LEEDS UNITED (2000/01) - 11.90 seconds

The big Australian had the knack for producing some classy finishes during his spells at both Leeds United and Celtic and it was this out of the blue moment that sees him in fifth position.

From kick-off, David Batty teed up Ian Harte, who launched what looked like an innocuous ball forward towards the Charlton defence. However, Alan Smith made something of it to nod down into the path of Viduka, who produced a precise finish to beat Addicks keeper Sasa Ilic.  

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