Good things come to those who wait, unless, of course, you are Lukas Podolski.
Deadspin spotted the one video that should remind teams to be far more careful with the German striker lurking about the pitch.
In Wednesday's friendly between Ecuador and Germany, Ecuador errs on the side of caution and plays the ball back. Yeah, that didn't work out for them.
As you hear from the announcer, there was "literally six seconds on the clock." However, ESPN FC has a full report on the fixture, which includes this description of the play:
Straight from kick-off Ecuador played the ball back to defender Gabriel Achilier, who dallied and lost it to Podolski, the Arsenal man scoring with a smart low finish.
The goal was timed at just over nine seconds, just slower than Davide Gualtieri's goal after 8.3 seconds for San Marino against England in 1993 - the fastest goal in international football.
Since this goal has implications as possibly the fastest goal ever recorded, we will side with the ESPN report, especially since we don't see a game clock in the video to verify the official time.
Still, we are picking nits, because the pace of the moment is simply amazing. I will leave the rest of you to argue the merits of six seconds versus nine. I will instead sit back and savor what was a marvelous act of quick thinking and marksmanship.
Germany would go on to take the friendly played in Boca Raton, Fla., 4-2. Consider this a warning to would-be defenders.
If you see Podolski coming, just clear the ball or risk looking extremely foolish.
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