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Benteke scores after eight seconds

Christian Benteke

Benteke has scored eight goals for Belgium

Belgium’s Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever World Cup qualifying goal after 8.1 seconds against Gibraltar.

The Crystal Palace striker netted a hat-trick in a 6-0 Group H win, the first of which was also the quickest in his country’s history.

Benteke beat the previous record of 8.3 seconds, set by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri against England in 1993.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba scored a long-range effort as France won 1-0 in the Netherlands.

At Estadio Algarve in Portugal, Benteke pounced on a loose ball after the home side had kicked off and dribbled into the box before scoring with a left-footed shot.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was also on the scoresheet, along with Axel Witsel and Dries Mertens, as Roberto Martinez’s side won their third 2018 World Cup qualifier to maintain a 100% start.

In Amsterdam, Pogba’s 30th-minute goal means France top Group A ahead of Monday’s opponents and Sweden, who beat Bulgaria 3-0.

Meanwhile, Euro 2016 winners Portugal beat Faroe Islands 6-0 with FC Porto striker Andre Silva scoring a first-half hat-trick and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo netting his 66th international goal.

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Match ends, Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6.

Second Half ends, Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6.

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Jean Carlos Garcia.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Aaron Payas.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution, Gibraltar. Mikey Yome replaces Kyle Casciaro.

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar).

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

Substitution, Gibraltar. Anthony Bardon replaces Liam Walker.

Substitution, Belgium. Michy Batshuayi replaces Christian Benteke.

Goal! Gibraltar 0, Belgium 6. Eden Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.

Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) is shown the yellow card.

Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero (Gibraltar).

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Thomas Meunier (Belgium) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Walker (Gibraltar).

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

Attempt missed. Laurent Ciman (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

Attempt blocked. Steven Defour (Belgium) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Meunier.

Attempt blocked. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Foul by Thomas Meunier (Belgium).

Joseph Chipolina (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Belgium. Kevin Mirallas replaces Dries Mertens.

Attempt saved. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

Attempt blocked. Liam Walker (Gibraltar) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Casciaro (Gibraltar) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Gibraltar. Scott Wiseman tries a through ball, but Joseph Chipolina is caught offside.

Goal! Gibraltar 0, Belgium 5. Christian Benteke (Belgium) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Foul by Axel Witsel (Belgium).

Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero (Gibraltar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Belgium. Nacer Chadli replaces Yannick Carrasco.

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37602916