Fastest EURO finals goals

Russia’s Dmitri Kirichenko scored after just 67 seconds against Greece at UEFA EURO 2004.

Russia’s Dmitri Kirichenko celebrates after scoring the fastest ever EURO goal against Greece on 20 June 2004
Russia’s Dmitri Kirichenko celebrates after scoring the fastest ever EURO goal against Greece on 20 June 2004

UEFA.com looks back at the UEFA European Championship's fastest goals, including a pair of rapid strikes from UEFA EURO 2016.

1:07 – Dmitri Kirichenko (Russia 2-1 Greece, 20/06/2004)
Kirichenko watched from the bench as Russia's UEFA EURO 2004 hopes vanished with back-to-back defeats, but roared out of the blocks when coach Georgi Yartsev started him for their final Group A outing. The CSKA striker galloped through after 67 seconds to steer a right-footed effort past Antonios Nikopolidis. It remains the finals' fastest goal.

Watch six of the quickest goals in EURO history
Watch six of the quickest goals in EURO history

1:40 – Robert Lewandowski (Poland 1-1 Portugal (3-5 pens), 30/06/2016)
The Poland striker drew a blank in his first four matches at UEFA EURO 2016, but opened his account just 100 seconds into his country’s quarter-final in Marseille, applying a typically unerring finish to Kamil Grosicki's pull-back from the left.

2:00 – Robbie Brady (France 2-1 Republic of Ireland, 26/06/2016)
The round of 16 game in Lyon was exactly two minutes old when Robbie Brady gave Ireland a shock lead, firing a low penalty off the foot of Hugo Lloris's left-hand post.

2:07 – Sergei Aleinikov (England 1-3 Soviet Union, 18/06/1988)
Glenn Hoddle was easily dispossessed early on, and Aleinikov surged through the middle and turned sharply before finishing past Chris Woods, as the USSR got the win they needed to reach the semi-finals.

Petr Jiráček celebrates his early strike in 2012
Petr Jiráček celebrates his early strike in 2012©AFP/Getty Images

2:14 – Petr Jiráček (Greece 1-2 Czech Republic, 12/06/2012)
Tomáš Hübschman's measured pass between makeshift Greece centre-backs Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Kostas Katsouranis invited Jiráček to score a goal swiftly added to by Václav Pilař, as the Czechs grabbed their first points in Group A.

2:14 – Alan Shearer (Germany 1-1 England (6-5 pens), 26/06/1996)
This blockbuster semi-final began with a bang; Paul Ince had already had a rasping volley athletically turned over by Andreas Köpke when the keeper was beaten, Shearer swooping to register his fifth goal of the tournament after Tony Adams had flicked on Paul Gascoigne's corner.

Michael Owen wheels away after his effort
Michael Owen wheels away after his effort©Getty Images

2:25 – Michael Owen (Portugal 2-2 England (6-5 pens), 24/06/2004)
England enjoyed a dream start when Jorge Andrade failed to cut out Costinha's misjudged back header, Owen pouncing on the loose ball, pivoting and flicking beyond Ricardo. The goalkeeper later buried the decisive spot kick as Portugal recovered to reach the last four.

2:27– Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria 1-0 Romania, 13/06/1996)
The crowd were still settling into their seats for this group game at St James' Park when, picking up a pass, Stoichkov took advantage of a slip by Miodrag Belodedici to dart through a gap in the defence. He made an extra metre of space with a cute dummy and stabbed the ball past Bogdan Stelea with his left foot.

And in a final...

5:17 – Chus Pereda (Spain 2-1 Soviet Union, 21/06/1964)
The 1964 showpiece was less than six minutes old when Luis Suárez's right-wing cross was thumped in by Pereda from close range, the Soviet Union's centre-backs having failed to clear.

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