It’s fair to assume some Ecuadoreans were feeling a little nervous at the start of the South American nation’s friendly (exhibition) soccer match against the formidable German national team in Boca Raton, Fla. today, but even the squad’s most pessimistic supporters couldn’t have predicted a start as bad as the one they got.
It took Germany all of six seconds to go up 1-0 in the game. Lukas Podolski grabbed possession of the ball following a horrendous back pass by Ecuador defender Cristian Benitez and a terrible first touch by Gabriel Achilier, and the German star coolly deposited the ball into the back of the net.
Though the announcer claimed the goal took only six seconds, a more accurate count puts the true time of the goal at about eight seconds. Not quite an all-time record, but still pretty ridiculous.
Making matters even more embarrassing for Ecuador is the fact that many of Germany’s best players were left off the roster for today’s match, as they still have professional games to play back home.
Podolski scored again in the 17th minute and added an assist, but it’s his early strike that will get all the attention this afternoon.