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Saints almost safe after Long's record breaking goal earns point

Watford 1-1 Southampton

Shane Long
Shane Long

Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history as Southampton edged another point closer to safety.

The Republic of Ireland striker fired his Saints side ahead after 7.69 seconds at a stunned Vicarage Road.

But his goal was cancelled out by a last-minute effort from Andre Gray as Watford secured a 1-1 draw.

The strains of Sir Elton John's 'Rocket Man' had barely finished booming over the loudspeakers when Long gave Southampton lift-off. Amazingly, the goal actually came from Watford's kick-off. Roberto Pereyra played the ball from the centre-circle back to Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart some 40 yards from his own goal.

As Cathcart attempted to launch the ball up field, Long charged it down and raced through before lifting it over Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The goal was a fraction more than two seconds quicker than the Premier League's previous fastest, scored by Tottenham's Ledley King after 9.82 seconds against Bradford in December 2000.

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