Yussuf Poulsen entered the Euro history books by scoring the second-fastest goal in the competition, only after Dmitri Kirichenko’s for Russia in 2004.
Yussuf Poulsen’s 1-0 goal for Denmark in their second game against Belgium is the second-fastest goal in European Championship history. Poulsen took advantage of an error by the Belgian defense to score just at minute 01:39.
The Danes’ score had a double meaning, because not only did they put their team ahead on the scoreboard against the best team in the world, according to the FIFA ranking, but it was also dedicated to Christian Eriksen, who suffered a fainting spell caused by a bad cardiac in the duel of the first day against Finland.
Poulsen’s goal is only surpassed by the one Dmitri Kirichenko scored for Russia in the 2004 Greece edition at 1:05, the same score that was against the host country on the last day of the group stage.
According to the Department of Data and Statistics of ESPN, the goal was just the 13th touch of the ball in the game and the first for the Danish forward. Interestingly, until minute 7 of the game, Poulsen added two touches of the ball and one was the goal.
Even, It is Denmark’s second-fastest goal in any competition since Mathias Jorgensen’s goal in 57 seconds at the 2018 World Cup in Russia against Croatia.
Similarly, Belgium had never allowed such a quick goal in the European Championship. Previously, Michel Platini of France had scored the fastest goal at minute 6 in a game in the 1984 edition.