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

  • 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

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

Substitutes

  • 3Lombaerts
  • 4Kabasele
  • 8Hazard
  • 9R Lukaku
  • 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

Match ends, Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6.

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.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Jean Carlos Garcia.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Aaron Payas.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gibraltar. Mikey Yome replaces Kyle Casciaro.

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

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

Foul by Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gibraltar. Anthony Bardon replaces Liam Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Michy Batshuayi replaces Christian Benteke.

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.

Booking

Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero (Gibraltar).

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.

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

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

Foul by Liam Walker (Gibraltar).

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

Attempt missed. Laurent Ciman (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

Attempt blocked. Steven Defour (Belgium) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Meunier.

Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Foul by Thomas Meunier (Belgium).

Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Kevin Mirallas replaces Dries Mertens.

Attempt saved. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

Attempt blocked. Liam Walker (Gibraltar) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Casciaro (Gibraltar) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Gibraltar. Scott Wiseman tries a through ball, but Joseph Chipolina is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Gibraltar 0, Belgium 5. Christian Benteke (Belgium) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Foul by Axel Witsel (Belgium).

Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Nacer Chadli replaces Yannick Carrasco.

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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
5Macedonia300347-30
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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