TRAU FC's Tajik recruit Komron Tursunov scored the fastest-ever goal in I-League history on Sunday.
With just nine seconds on the clock during TRAU's inaugural I-League 2021 match against Real Kashmir FC, Tursunov received the ball just outside the box and placed his curling long ranger beyond Real Kashmir goalkeeper Mithun Samanta to give his team the lead.
Komron Tursunov's quickfire strike broke the record set by Japanese player Katsumi Yusa, who scored in the 13th second while playing for NEROCA FC against Churchill Brothers during I-League 2018-19.
The Tajik international's record-setting goal, however, was only good enough to hand the Manipuri football team just the single point.
Real Kashmir's Scottish recruit Mason Robertson - the son of head coach David Robertson - netted the equaliser in the 70th minute to ensure the match ended level at 1-1.
The 24-year-old Tursunov was part of the Mohun Bagan team that won the I-League 2019-20 and played a vital role for the Kolkata giants, scoring two goals and providing as many assists in his eight appearances for the Mariners.
He has joined L Nandakumar Singh's TRAU side this season and will look to clinch his second I-League title on the bounce in India.
Prior to arriving on Indian shores, Komron Tursunov had an enviable record, having helped his former team Istikol to back-to-back Tajik League titles in 2018 and 2019. He also won the Tajik Cup and Tajik Supercup in 2019 with Istikol.
Before that he used to play for Regar-TadAZ and scored 32 goals in 57 games for the Tursunzoda-based side.
Having made his international debut for Tajikistan back in 2018, Tursunov is a regular for his national team and has scored four times in 16 appearances for his country.
One of the young striker's international goals came against Igor Stimac's India at the 2019 Intercontinental Cup in Ahmedabad.
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