FIFA Confederations Cup

04/30/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/30/2017 04:54

48 days to go: Al-Bishi’s historic strike

It took 48 minutes to celebrate the first goal in the history of the FIFA Confederations Cup. In the opening game at the debut tournament in 1992 - which was then known as the King Fahd Cup - legendary Saudi Arabia midfielder Fahad Al-Bishi wrote himself into the record books with the strike.

The historic goal was nothing spectacular though: the former Al-Nassr midfielder held his nerve from the penalty spot after USA goalkeeper Tony Meola had fouled forward Sami Al-Jaber in the area. This was the first of 28 penalties that have been scored in regular time in the history of the tournament. The hosts ran away with it in the second half and ended up winning 3-0 against the Stars and Stripes, but would then lose in the final to Argentina.