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Bournemouth’s Billing scores 9.11 seconds after kickoff at Arsenal to register Premier League’s 2nd fastest goal

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Bournemouth’s Danish midfielder Philip Billing (right) celebrates after scoring against Arsenal.PHOTO: AFP

Bournemouth’s Philip Billing scored one of the quickest goals ever in the Premier League to put his side in front at leaders Arsenal on Saturday.

Relegation battlers Bournemouth launched an audacious raid down the right straight from the kickoff and the ball was played across for Billing to side-foot into the net.

Opta, the Premier League’s match data partner, timed the goal at 9.11 seconds which makes it the second-quickest in the Premier League era.

The quickest goal ever scored in the Premier League was Shane Long’s effort 7.69 seconds after kickoff for Southampton against Watford in 2019.

Reuters

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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