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Billing scores Premier League's second-fastest goal

4 Mar 2023
Phil BIlling celebrates his goal v Arsenal

AFC Bournemouth midfielder strikes after only 9.11 seconds at Arsenal. See which goals it beats

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Philip Billing struck one of the fastest goals in Premier League history when AFC Bournemouth opened the scoring after just nine seconds against Arsenal

The Cherries broke down the right side right from kick-off and stunned the Emirates Stadium crowd with a cross from Dango Ouattara that caught out the Arsenal defence for Billing to apply a simple finish.

Opta, the Premier League's official data supplier, timed the goal at 9.11 seconds. 

That makes it the second-fastest goal in Premier League history. It is over a second more than Shane Long's goal on 23 April 2019 for Southampton at Watford. That was timed at only 7.69 seconds from kick-off. 

It goes into the No 2 slot ahead of the goal that defender Ledley King scored after 9.82 seconds for Tottenham Hotspur at Bradford City in the 2000/01 season. 

Interestingly, eight of the 10 fastest goals have been scored by the away team. 

Top 10 fastest Premier League goals
Time (sec) Player Match Season
07.69 Shane Long Watford v Southampton 2018/19
09.11 Philip Billing Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth 2022/23
09.82 Ledley King Bradford City v Spurs 2000/01
10.52 Alan Shearer Newcastle v Man City 2002/03
10.54 Christian Eriksen Spurs v Man Utd 2017/18
11.90 Mark Viduka Charlton v Leeds 2000/01
12.16 Dwight Yorke Coventry v Aston Villa 1995/96
12.94 Chris Sutton Everton v Blackburn 1994/95
13.48 Kevin Nolan Blackburn v Bolton 2003/04
13.52 James Beattie Chelsea v Southampton 2004/05

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