Lipski's opener third-fastest U21 EURO finals goal

Patryk Lipski's first-minute goal in Poland's opening Group A game against Slovakia was not only the first of the tournament but also the joint-third quickest in U21 EURO history.

Patryk Lipski (No10) scored the first goal of the 2017 finals for hosts Poland
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Poland midfielder Patryk Lipski scored against Slovakia on Friday after just 53 seconds, making it the joint-third fastest goal in U21 finals history.

Fastest goals in U21 finals history*
41 seconds: David Rozehnal (Czech Republic 3-2 Italy, golden goal) – 2002 semi-finals
52 seconds: Martin Cranie (England 3-3 Sweden, England won 5-4 on pens) – 2009 semi-finals
53 seconds: Fabian Frei (Switzerland 2-0 Iceland) – 2011 group stage
53 seconds: Patryk Lipski (Poland 1-2 Slovakia) – 2017 group stage

Lipski's header flashed into the top corner of the net in Lublin after only 53 seconds, the same time it took Frei to score for Switzerland in their Group A encounter with Iceland at the 2011 finals in Denmark.

Six in a row: England U21 goals since 2007
Six in a row: England U21 goals since 2007

England's Martin Cranie took a second less to set his country en route to victory over Sweden in the 2009 semi-finals, but the right-back's quickfire effort is still not the quickest the final tournament has seen. Ironically, given all the attacking talent that has been on show at U21 EURO finals, it is another defender that holds the record.

Centre-back David Rozehnal scored just 41 seconds into the 2002 semi-final against Italy as the Czech Republic overcame the Azzurrini before defeating France in a penalty shoot-out to lift the trophy.

*Applies to one-venue tournaments played from 1996 onwards

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