Saha scores fastest ever Cup Final goal

LONDON: French striker Louis Saha made history on Saturday when he scored the fastest ever FA Cup final goal for Everton against Chelsea at Wembley after just 25 seconds.

Former Chelsea man Roberto di Matteo had held the previous Wembley mark, having netted after 42 seconds in their 1997 win over Middlesbrough.

Bob Chatt of Aston Villa held the record for the fastest goal before the competition - which began in 1872 - moved to Wembley in 1923, having scored after 30 seconds against West Bromwich Albion in 1895 in a match played at Crystal Palace, London.

Saha had previously experienced only final heartache, having been left out when former club Newcastle, with whom he was on loan at the time, lost the 1999 final before being cup-tied when Manchester United won in 2004.

He also missed out through injury for United in 2005 and 2007, but Toffees boss David Moyes granted him his wish on Saturday by pairing him with Marouane Fellaini in the Everton forward line.