World Cup Qualifying - European - Group H
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Christian Benteke: Belgium score fastest World Cup qualifying goal

Christian Benteke
Benteke has scored eight goals for Belgium

Belgium's Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever World Cup qualifying goal after 8.1 seconds against Gibraltar.

The Crystal Palace striker netted a hat-trick in a 6-0 Group H win, the first of which was also the quickest in his country's history.

Benteke beat the previous record of 8.3 seconds, set by San Marino's Davide Gualtieri against England in 1993.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba scored a long-range effort as France won 1-0 in the Netherlands.

At Estadio Algarve in Portugal, Benteke pounced on a loose ball after the home side had kicked off and dribbled into the box before scoring with a left-footed shot.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard was also on the scoresheet, along with Axel Witsel and Dries Mertens, as Roberto Martinez's side won their third 2018 World Cup qualifier to maintain a 100% start.

In Amsterdam, Pogba's 30th-minute goal means France top Group A ahead of Monday's opponents and Sweden, who beat Bulgaria 3-0.

Meanwhile, Euro 2016 winners Portugal beat Faroe Islands 6-0 with FC Porto striker Andre Silva scoring a first-half hat-trick and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo netting his 66th international goal.

Line-ups

Gibraltar

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Ibrahim
  • 20Garcia
  • 6Chipolina
  • 2Wiseman
  • 12Mascarenhas-Olivero
  • 10WalkerSubstituted forBardonat 80'minutes
  • 5Casciaro
  • 14BosioSubstituted forPayasat 45'minutes
  • 3ChipolinaBooked at 78mins
  • 9CasciaroSubstituted forYomeat 86'minutes
  • 7Casciaro

Substitutes

  • 1Perez
  • 4Rodriguez
  • 8Payas
  • 13Robba
  • 15Barnett
  • 16Montovio
  • 17Bardon
  • 18Priestley
  • 19Coombes
  • 21Guilling
  • 22Yome

Belgium

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 23Ciman
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 15Meunier
  • 6Witsel
  • 16Defour
  • 7CarrascoSubstituted forChadliat 53'minutes
  • 14MertensSubstituted forMirallasat 64'minutes
  • 20BentekeSubstituted forBatshuayiat 80'minutes
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 3Lombaerts
  • 4Kabasele
  • 8T Hazard
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Sels
  • 17Origi
  • 18Tielemans
  • 19Batshuayi
  • 21Pocognoli
  • 22Chadli
Referee:
Pawel Raczkowski
Attendance:
1,959

Match Stats

Home TeamGibraltarAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home5
Away31
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Jean Carlos Garcia.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Aaron Payas.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Gibraltar. Mikey Yome replaces Kyle Casciaro.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

  10. Post update

    Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Gibraltar. Anthony Bardon replaces Liam Walker.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Belgium. Michy Batshuayi replaces Christian Benteke.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

  16. Booking

    Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero (Gibraltar).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Meunier (Belgium) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32105147
2Sweden32105147
3Netherlands31115324
4Bulgaria3102510-53
5Belarus302125-32
6Luxembourg301246-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland33007349
2Portugal3201122106
3Hungary31114314
4Faroe Islands311126-44
5Latvia310214-33
6Andorra300319-80

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany22006066
2Azerbaijan22002026
3Northern Ireland21104044
4Czech Rep201103-31
5Norway200204-40
6San Marino200205-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia32108447
2R. of Ireland32106337
3Wales31207345
4Austria31116604
5Georgia301224-21
6Moldova3003110-90

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Montenegro21106154
2Romania21106154
3Poland21105414
4Denmark21013303
5Kazakhstan201127-51
6Armenia200206-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22003036
2Scotland21106244
3Slovenia21103214
4Lithuania20203302
5Slovakia200202-20
6Malta200217-60

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain3210111107
2Italy32107437
3Albania32014316
4Israel32015506
5North Macedonia300347-30
6Liechtenstein3003112-110

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium3300130139
2Greece33008179
3Bos-Herze32017436
4Estonia310247-33
5Cyprus300307-70
6Gibraltar3003114-130

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32108177
2Iceland32106337
3Ukraine31206335
4Turkey302135-22
5Finland301235-21
6Kosovo3012110-91
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