The goal came just 7.69 seconds after kick-off.
Long deflected a pass by Watford defender Craig Cathcart to tee up a smooth chip over the Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
SEVEN. SECONDS. ⚡️⚡️⚡️
Shane Long just scored the FASTEST GOAL from the start of a game in @premierleague history!
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) April 23, 2019
Long’s strike broke Tottenham’s Hotspurs Lesley King by 2 seconds — King scored in 9.82 seconds 19 years ago against Bradford City. Alan Shearer , now the 3rd fastest Premier League scorer, netted in 10.52 seconds against Manchester City in 2011.
Long’s goal gave Southampton a much-needed point in the 1-1 draw, helping The Saints steer clear of the relegation zone.