Rafael Leao Leads AC Milan to Victory with a Record Goal
AC Milian’s Rafael Leao scored the fastest goal in Italian Serie A history as AC Milan netted after just six seconds into the game. The Italian leaders traveled to Sassuolo and came out victorious as the game ended 2-1.
The 21-year-old Portuguese forward Rafael Leao took Hakan Calhanoglu’s pass in his stride to stroke the unbeaten league leaders ahead virtually from the kick-off.
Leao’s goal beat the record of 8.9 seconds set by Piacenza’s Paolo Poggi against Fiorentina on 2 December 2001. The victory keeps AC Milan a point clear of rivals Inter Milan who also won their own game against Spezia 2-1.
Belgium midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers scored Milan’s second midway through the first half before Domenico Berardi pulled one back late on for sixth-placed Sassuolo.
But it was Rafael Leao’s early strike that will adorn the record books, with a shocked Sassuolo defence punished for backing off as Milan surged forward right from the referee’s whistle.
The goal was even quicker than the fastest strike in Premier League history which was scored by Shane Long of Southampton which is 7.69 seconds against Watford on 23 April 2019.