Christian Benteke broke the record for the quickest goal in World Cup Qualifying as his seventh second strike helped Belgium on their way to a 6-0 thrashing of Gibraltar.
Gibraltar got off to the worst possible start as Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke intercepted a pass from Jamie Bosio, ran on goal and slotted the ball past Ibrahim. Benteke’s goal in the seventh second became the quickest goal ever scored in a FIFA World Cup qualifier, breaking a record which was previously held by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri who on the 17 November 1993 scored against England in 8.3 seconds.
Eighteen minutes later Belgium doubled their lead, Axel Witsel’s long range shot took a deflection off Ryan Casciaro and flew past Deren Ibrahim. Midway through the half Gibraltar had their first chance of the game, Chelsea’s keeper Thibaut Courtois pulled off an unbelievable save to keep out Kyle Casciaro’s long range shot.
Gibraltar appealed for a penalty shortly after as Roy Chipolina went down as a result of a challenge from Christian Benteke but Polish referee Paweł Raczkowski waved play on. Just before half-time Belgium made it 3-0, Thomas Meunier’s cross found Benteke who blasted the ball in from close range.
Minutes later referee Paweł Raczkowski blew for half-time with Belgium leading 3-0. Six minutes into the second half and Belgium made it 4-0, Dries Mertens latched onto a pass from Steven Defour and elegantly dinked his finish over the on-rushing Ibrahim. Five minutes later and it was 5-0, Benteke got his hat-trick getting on the end of an Eden Hazard cross.
Belgium kept dominating and in the 70th minute nearly made it 6-0 but Scott Wiseman produced a goal line clearance to prevent Steven Defour’s shot from going in. It took 77 minutes for the first yellow card of the game to be shown which was awarded to Gibraltar’s Joseph Chipolina as he angrily threw the ball away following a refereeing decision which didn’t go Gibraltar’s way.
Belgium made it 6-0 in the 79th minute and it just had to be Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who got on the end of a Toby Alderweireld pass and smashed the ball into the net from close. Just before the final whistle Gibraltar’s keeper Deren Ibrahim pulled off a fantastic low save to keep out Kevin Mirallas’ effort.
Belgium played out the final few minutes and the referee blew the final whistle with the visitors coming away with all three points.