After 34 years, the FIFA U-20 World Cup now has a new fastest marksman as Senegal’s Amadou Sagna fired Senegal to a 3-0 win over Tahiti as the Poland 2019 kicks off.
It took only 9.6 seconds for Sagna to score the first goal of the tournament, putting to rest, the earlier 14-second goal scored by Nigeria’s Monday Odiaka against Canada at Soviet Union 1985 tournament.
Sagna’s goal is however a second short of the one by Super Eagles’towering striker, Paul Onuachu who within eight seconds of kick-off scored against Egypt in a friendly match in Asaba two months ago.
That goal entered record books as the second fastest goal in international football after Germany’s Lukas Podolski’s goal within six seconds in a friendly against Ecuador in 2013.
In the Thursday’s game Senegal were on their game from the off, piling on pressure and seizing control with a 2-0 lead inside 30 minutes. Sagna wasn’t done turning heads after the first minute, either. The 19-year-old netted a hat-trick in the Group A opener, scoring one final time in the 50th minute to secure all three points and a perfect start for Senegal at Poland 2019.
Group A: Tahiti 0-3 Senegal
Group B: Mexico 1-2 Italy
Group A: Poland 0-2 Colombia
Group B: Japan 1-1 Ecuador