The fastest EURO finals goals

Who was quickest off the mark in the history of the UEFA European Championship finals?

The fastest EURO finals goals
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UEFA.com looks back at the UEFA European Championship's quickest 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 Moskva striker galloped through after 67 seconds to steer a right-footed effort past Antonios Nikopolidis.

1:40 – Robert Lewandowski
Poland 1-1 Portugal (3-5 pens), 30/06/16

The striker drew a blank in his first four matches at but took just 100 seconds to score from Kamil Grosicki's pull-back in the quarter-final in Marseille.

Robbie Brady converts against France
Robbie Brady converts against France©Getty Images

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 fired a low penalty in 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 in this quarter-final, and Aleinikov surged through and turned sharply before finishing past Chris Woods.

2:14 – Petr Jiráček
Czech Republic 2-1 Greece, 12/06/2012

Tomáš Hübschman's measured pass between Greece's centre-backs invited Jiráček to score a goal swiftly added to by Václav Pilař.

Alan Shearer heads England in front in 1996
Alan Shearer heads England in front in 1996©Getty Images

2:14 – Alan Shearer
Germany 1-1 (5-6 pens) England, 26/06/1996
 
Shearer profited from the corner after Paul Ince's shot was saved, Shearer swooping for his fifth of the tournament after Tony Adams flicked on Paul Gascoigne's delivery.

2:25 – Michael Owen
Portugal 2-2 (6-5 pens) England, 24/06/2004

England made a dream start when Jorge Andrade failed to cut out Costinha's misjudged back header, Owen pouncing on the loose ball to beat Ricardo.

2:27– Hristo Stoichkov
Bulgaria 1-0 Romania, 13/06/1996

Stoichkov took advantage of a slip by Miodrag Belodedici to dart through, stealing an extra metre with a cute dummy before stabbing past Bogdan Stelea.

And in a final ...

6:00* – Chus Pereda
Spain 2-1 Soviet Union, 21/06/1964

The 1964 final was six minutes old when Luis Suárez's right-wing cross was thumped in by Pereda from close range, having been missed by Eduard Mudrik.

*precise timing not known

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