Southampton forward Shane Long scores fastest goal in Premier League history and it took less time than an Usain Bolt race

ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty ImagesSouthampton scored the fastest goal in Premier League history thanks to a smart play by Shane Long and a poor play by Watford.

  • Southampton forward Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history on Tuesday.
  • Long took advantage of a misplayed ball from Watford, leaping in front of an errant pass to deflect the ball towards the goal with no one back to stop him.
  • Long deposited a simple shot past the keeper just 7.69 seconds into the match, giving Southampton the earlier 1-0 lead in EPL history.
  • The goal breaks a record set by Tottenham forward Ledley King in 2000 when King scored just 10 seconds into the match.
  • To put the goal in perspective, Usain Bolt needed 9.81 seconds to win gold in the 100 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
  • You can watch Long’s goal below.
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