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Record broken: The fastest goals in Premier League history

The Southampton striker broke Ledley King’s long-standing mark against Watford. Southampton‘s Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history after just 7.69 seconds against Watford. Here, Press Association Sport looks back at the fastest goals in Premier League history. 1. Shane Long, 7.69 secondsWatford v Southampton, 2019 ⏱ 7.69 seconds – the fastest goal in #PremierLeague history!@ShaneLong7 #WATSOU pic.twitter.com/p2QNLKfSM5 — Premier League (@premierleague) April 23, 2019 The striker charged down Craig Cathcart’s pass and clipped the ball past goalkeeper Ben Foster to break Ledley King‘s long-standing record. 2. Ledley King, 9.82 secondsBradford 3 Tottenham 3, 2000 The Spurs defender was the unlikely previous holder of the competition’s fast...

Shane Long makes Premier League history with goal after 7.69 seconds

Long broke the record which had been held by Ledley King since 2000. Southampton striker Shane Long has broken the record for the fastest goal in Premier League history after scoring seven seconds into his side’s game at Watford. Long charged down an attempted pass from Craig Cathcart and then lobbed the ball over Ben Foster to give his side the lead. .@OptaJoe are now going with 7 seconds! ⏱ It still sets the record, but can you remember who held it before tonight? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/eWzSGfwyDM — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 23, 2019 The goal was officially clocked at 7.69 seconds into the game at Vicarage Road, quicker than Ledley King’s previous mark of 10 seconds. Tottenham defender King’s goal, which came against Bradford, had held the record since D...

Sergio Busquets “tempted” by future Major League Soccer move

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets says that he is a fan of Major League Soccer and he will consider a move Stateside once his Camp Nou career is over. Sergio Busquets has revealed that he will walk away from Barcelona the moment he feels he is unable to do a job for the club. The long-serving Spanish midfielder has racked up over 500 appearances in a Barca shirt since making his debut in September 2008. Busquets remains an important part of the team under Ernesto Valverde, being used in 31 of their 34 league matches this term. Barca have agreed a deal with Ajax for Frenkie de Jong to join in the summer, however, which could potentially reduce Busquets’ playing time. Moving away from Camp Nou is not something that is currently on the 30-year-old’s mind, but he is “tempt...

Mauro Icardi agent rules out Premier League move

The agent of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi suggests that he will remain in Italy this summer, effectively ruling out a move to Manchester United or Real Madrid. Mauro Icardi‘s wife and agent Wanda Nara has ruled out the possibility of a move to the Premier League or Real Madrid this summer. Icardi’s future at Inter Milan has been plunged into uncertainty following a bitter fallout with the club, which saw him stripped of the captaincy before refusing to train with the team and missing almost a full month of action. Manchester United have been credited with an interest in the Argentine, while Madrid are also understood to be monitoring his situation, but Wanda Nara is confident that he will remain in Italy. “He’s still scoring goals. He keeps moving forward becaus...

Maurizio Sarri: Champions League given “too much importance”

Maurizio Sarri believes the Champions League is overhyped. The Chelsea boss concedes Europe’s top-tier competition remains the world’s premier club tournament, but insists its importance is overstated. Chelsea must win the Europa League or secure a top-four Premier League finish to qualify for next term’s Champions League. Sarri’s Chelsea will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four of the Europa League (Steven Paston/PA) Exclusion from the continent’s top table hampers recruitment and hits revenue, leaving Sarri’s employers possibly unimpressed with his Champions League views. “I think the media give the Champions League too much importance,” said Sarri, whose future at Chelsea remains far from stable. “Of course it’s the most ...

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Manchester United’s worst Premier League defeats following Everton humiliation

United were thumped by Everton on Easter Sunday. Manchester United had an Easter Sunday to forget as they crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton – a performance former defender Gary Neville described as “rancid”. Here, Press Association Sport charts six other heavy losses United have suffered in the Premier League. Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6, October 23, 2011 Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli, second left, celebrates his second goal in the 6-1 win at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA) The first time United had leaked six goals at Old Trafford since 1930, this was their heaviest home defeat for 56 years. Mario Balotelli (2), Edin Dzeko (2), Sergio Aguero and David Silva were on target as City kick-started their title drive – with Darren Fletcher’s 81...

Brendan Rodgers would “embrace” Europa League challenge

The Foxes are in a fight for seventh place in the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers fears European qualification could pose problems for Leicester, but he would still relish the challenge. The Foxes are among a host of teams in with a chance of finishing in seventh place, which would secure a Europa League spot if Manchester City win the FA Cup. Many see the competition as a poisoned chalice, with a qualifying campaign likely to start in July, and Rodgers, who only took over the Foxes in February, would rather get a full pre-season with his squad. However, he said: “If we qualified we’d have to embrace it. My job, my objective when I came here was to look to try and challenge for a European place. “It’s very, very difficult with the teams in that top six, but can we f...

Wilfried Zaha confirms he wants to leave Crystal Palace for Champions League club

Wilfried Zaha has admitted he wants to leave Crystal Palace in search of Champions League football. The 26-year-old only signed a new five-year contract last summer, becoming Palace’s highest-paid player. But now the Ivory Coast forward has put a host of interested clubs on notice by targeting top-level European football as one of his chief career aims. Wilfried Zaha signed a five-year contract at Selhurst Park last year (Nigel French/PA) “I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it, and I’ll do the rest,” Zaha told the Daily Mail. “It gives me goosebumps seeing the crowds, amazing stadiums. “When I’m seeing players I think, ‘What would I do in that predicament?’ “I feel I can get to that stage, with the confidence I have and belief in my ability. I sh...

Rafael Benitez hints at Newcastle exit with desire to return to Champions League

Rafael Benitez plans to work until he is 70 and is desperate for another tilt at the Champions League. As the 59-year-old waits for answers from the Newcastle hierarchy over a contract extension both are keen to agree, but which seems no closer to being signed, he is keen to compete for the game’s biggest prizes once again. Whether that comes at St James’ Park, where his stay of more than three years is set to end on June 30, remains to be seen with managing director Lee Charnley insisting – as the club’s latest accounts were published on Thursday – that it would continue to live within its means. Asked how long he planned to carry on, Benitez said: “Yesterday I was talking with a friend – 11 years. Eleven years as a manager, that’s fine. You can see Roy Hodgs...

Five talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

Manchester City and Tottenham provided a spectacle for the ages in their midweek Champions League clash and the two teams will meet again at the Etihad Stadium – this time with both needing Premier League points. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the fixture and four other talking points ahead of this weekend: Can City and Tottenham go again? Mauricio Pochettino’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals in midweek (Mike Egerton/PA) Even before these teams provided an instant classic on Wednesday night, the Saturday lunchtime kick-off looked to be the defining fixture of the weekend. But the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final has amped that up several notches, not least because of its dramatic denouement. The question now is: are both teams physically and ment...

Jon Gorenc Stankovic urges Huddersfield to enjoy Premier League swansong

Huddersfield defender Jon Gorenc Stankovic accepts it has been a miserable season for the club but is determined to savour every last minute of top-flight football. The Terriers became only the second side after Derby in 2008 to be relegated from the Premier League in March and have won only three of their 34 matches this season. The weekly beatings became too much to bear for former boss David Wagner, who departed by mutual consent in January, but Stankovic insisted it has all been worth it. “It’s still the Premier League and the best league in the world and I think all the lads who are playing are really enjoying it,” the 23-year-old said. “This is not something you wouldn’t enjoy.” Wagner was replaced by fellow German Jan Siewert and while the defeats...

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