- Fastest ever goal in competitive international
- Christian Benteke scors after 8.1 seconds
- Benteke and Belgium beat Gibraltar 6-0
(CNN)In a masterful moment of understatement, Belgian striker Christian Benteke remarked the most important thing had been to score early -- after netting in just 8.1 seconds.
In doing so -- and in less time than it took Usain Bolt to break the 100 meters world record -- Benteke claimed the record for scoring the fastest ever goal in a competitive international, firing Belgium into the lead against Gibraltar in Monday's World Cup qualifier.
Stealing the ball in the opposition's half when an errant pass went astray, the 25-year-old capitalized on a disordered defense before calmly beating Deren Ibrahim in the Gibraltar goal.
The Belgian forward went on to claim a hat-trick in the 6-0 win.
Benteke narrowly edges out the next best competitive international mark by 0.2 seconds according to FIFA, with the previous record set by San Marino's Davide Gualtieri against England in 1993.
That was a particularly embarrassing moment for English football given San Marino have never won a competitive game, though England did recover to win 7-1.
But is Benteke's strike the fastest ever?
The quickest goal in an official international tournament was scored by Turkey's Hakan Sukur after 10.89 seconds against World Cup host South Korea in t