Balogun Almost Sets EPL Record With 25 Second Goal

  • 05,Dec 2018 03:37 AM
  • By Iwedi Ojinmah

Leon Balogun opened his Brighton & Hove account as they claimed a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in a Premier League match at the American Express Community Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Seagulls manager Chris Hughton had to bolster his defense with the introduction of the Nigeria international on the half-hour mark after Shane Duffy was shown a straight red card for headbutting Patrick van Aanholt.

And with his first touch of the ball, the Brighton & Hove number 14 smashed home low from a set-piece to double the home team's lead 25 seconds after he came off the bench.

Balogun's goal is the second fastest goal scored by a substitute this season, behind Daniel Sturridge who found the net 24 seconds after his introduction against West Ham on the opening round of the season.

The quickest goal by a substitute in Premier League history was scored by former Nigeria U20 international Sammy Ameobi who found the net eight seconds after his introduction in Newcastle United's 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in October 2014.

Balogun also did not come close to Yakubu Aiyegbeni who got on the scoresheet for Everton 18 seconds after his introduction as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers in the 2009-10 season, assisted by Victor Anichebe.


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