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Is Mo Salah's Penalty The Fastest Champions League Final Goal In History?

Is Mo Salah's Penalty The Fastest Champions League Final Goal In History?

Mo Salah struck early from the penalty spot, giving Liverpool a second minute lead in Madrid. But his goal still felt short of breaking the record of fastest Champions League final goal in history.

That's a record that stays with Paolo Maldini who netted after only 50 seconds in the 2005 final against Liverpool in Istanbul - the famous night that saw Liverpool come from three goals down against AC Milan to win on penalties.

Salah's goal at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium came after Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have touched the ball with his arm after 26 seconds of the game. While Hugo Lloris guessed the right way, there was too much power in the Egyptian's shot and Liverpool were gifted the perfect start.

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Gaizka Mendieta netted within three minutes for Valencia in 2001, but, like Maldini, he also ended up on the losing side in that year's European showpiece.

As it happened, there was an element of controversy surrounding the penalty after what seemed like a harsh call on the Tottenham midfielder. Nevertheless - with James Milner, the Merseysider's regular penalty-taker, sitting on the bench - Salah stood up and made no mistake from the spot.

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