Fastest FA Cup final goals: Gundogan makes history
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Fastest FA Cup final goals: Gundogan makes history

Ilkay Gundogan set a new FA Cup final record when he scored after just 12 seconds against Manchester United.

Here we look at the fastest FA Cup final goals from Wembley showpieces.

Roberto Di Matteo (43 seconds) – Chelsea v Middlesbrough, 1997

The Italian scored inside the first minute to set Chelsea on their way to a 2-0 win over, with Eddie Newton getting a late second.

Dennis Wise started the move midway inside Chelsea’s half and found Di Matteo, who was still inside the centre circle.

The midfielder was allowed to continue running by the Boro midfield before rifling in high, clipping the bar, past Ben Roberts in goal.

Louis Saha (25 seconds) – Everton v Chelsea, 2009

Di Matteo’s record for the fastest FA Cup final goal stood for 12 years until Saha bettered it against Chelsea.

A cross by Steven Pienaar was only half cleared by the Chelsea defence, allowing Marouane Fellaini to nod the ball down for Saha.

The former Manchester United striker still had plenty to do but swivelled to bury a fine first-time half-volley past Petr Cech.

It failed to stop Chelsea, though, as Didier Drogba levelled 20 minutes later before Frank Lampard’s second-half winner.

Ilkay Gundogan (12 seconds) – Manchester City v Manchester United, 2023

The midfielder stunned United with a goal after just 12 seconds of this year’s final.

He had actually taken the kick-off and knocked the ball back to Stefan Ortega in the City goal, who launched the ball forward for Erling Haaland to nod it on.

As Kevin De Bruyne challenged Victor Lindelof, the ball dropped for Gundogan to smash in a brilliant volley past the static David De Gea from 25 yards.

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