Thursday, November 7, 2013

7 November 2009 - Al Abed Takes Two (Seconds)

On 7 November 2009, Saudi Arabian striker Nawaf Al Abed scored just two seconds after the opening kickoff. Unfortunately, it didn't count.

The goal came in the group stage of the U-23 Prince Faisal bin Fahad Cup, where Al Abed's team, Al-Hilal, were taking on Al-Shoalah. Standing in the center circle, Al Abed received the opening kick and immediately launched the ball toward the goal. The Al-Shoalah keeper, who had been far off his line, raced back to stop it, but was a step too slow as the ball passed him and landed in the back of the net. Officials recorded the goal as coming at the two-second mark, believed to be a world record.

Al-Hilal went on to win the match 4-0, but officials later determined that they used ineligible players over the age of 23 (Al Abed was not one of them). As a result, the match went into the books as a 3-0 win for Al-Shoalah. Al-Hilal nevertheless advanced, eventually reaching the final where they fell to Al-Shabab 2-1.

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