FIFA Under-20 World Cup: Senegal in winning start with Sagna's hat-trick

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Amadou Sagna scored all goals in Senegal's 3-0 win over Tahiti
Amadou Sagna scored all goals in Senegal's 3-0 win over Tahiti

Senegal began their campaign at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on a historic fast as Amadou Sagna set a new record with the fastest goal to beat Tahiti 3-0 in their Group A opening game at the Lublin Stadium, Poland on Thursday.

Not only did he score the fastest goal in the history of the Under-20 tournament, Sagna also scored a hat-trick on the opening day, another rare feat in the youth tournament.

Senegal celebrate Sagna's opener goal scored just under 10 seconds

Playing their opening game at the tournament taking place in Poland, Sagna scored the fastest goal just 9.6seconds into the game to put his side ahead and break the existing 34-year-old record made by Nigeria's Monday Odiaka scored 14 seconds into their game against Canada at the 1985 FIFA U20 World Cup in Minsk.

Sagna's goal also recorded the first hat-trick in an opening game since 2015.

The Young Lions of Teranga were on their game from the off, piling on pressure and seizing control with a 2-0 lead inside 30 minutes.

Amadou Sagna scored all of Senegal's three goals against Tahiti

By the 50th minute, Sagna had completed the task early enough for the Senegalese with the 19-year-old scoring a hat-trick to hand his side a perfect start at the competition.

Senegal will next face Colombia on May 26, while Tahiti take on Poland that same day.

While Senegal cruised to a perfect start, it was a disappointing one for the hosts, Poland who were beaten 2-0 by Colombia.

In Group B, Italy began on a winning note recording a 2-1 win over Mexico while Japan and Ecuador played to a 1-1 draw in the other game.


FIFA U-20 World Cup

Match Day 1 results

Group A
Tahiti 0, Senegal 3
Poland 0, Colombia

Group B
Japan 1, Ecuador 1
Mexico 1, Italy 2