MOSCOW (Associated Press) – Mathias Jorgensen’s goal just under a minute into Sunday’s July 1, 2018, knockout-round game against Croatia was Denmark’s fastest ever FIFA World Cup goal ever, but not the fastest in tournament history, or even among the top 10.
The match entered rarer territory moments later when Mario Mandzukic evened things for Croatia, just the third time the tournament has seen two goals in the first four minutes.
Find out below which is the fastest ever FIFA World Cup goal in history:
-11 seconds, Hakan Sukur, for Turkey against South Korea, 2002
-15 seconds, Vaclav Masek, for Czechoslovakia against Mexico, 1962
-25 seconds, Ernest Lehner, for Germany against Austria, 1934
-28 seconds, Bryan Robson, for England against France, 1982
-30 seconds, Clint Dempsey, for the United States against Ghana, 2014
-31 seconds, Bernard Lacombe, for France against Italy, 1978
-35 seconds, Emile Veinante, for France against Belgium, 1938
-35 seconds, Arne Nyberg, for Sweden against Hungary, 1938
-50 seconds, Adalbert Desu, for Romania against Peru, 1930
-50 seconds, Florian Albert, for Hungary against Bulgaria, 1962
-50 seconds, Seung Zin Pak, for North Korea against Portugal, 1966
-52 seconds, Celso Ayala, for Paraguay against Nigeria, 1998
About 2018 FIFA World Cup
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA hosted in Russia. It kicked of on June 14, 2018, and will end with the final match on July 15, 2018.
This is the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe, and the eleventh time that it has been held in Europe. For the first time, the tournament takes place on two continents – Europe and Asia.
All but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia in order to keep travel time manageable. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it is the most expensive World Cup ever. This is also the first World Cup where video assistant referees (VARs) have been utilized.
The defending champions, Germany, were knocked out in the group stage. It was the first time since 1938 that a German side did not advance from the first stage of a World Cup tournament, and the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the title holders had been eliminated in the opening stage of the tournament after France in 2002, Italy in 2010, and Spain in 2014.
Source: Associated Press / Wikipedia / FIFA