Fastest goal for Sukur

Turkish striker Hakan Sukur stunned co-hosts Korea Republic with the fastest ever goal in World Cup history - just 10.8 seconds into the playoff for third place.

Turkish striker Hakan Sukur stunned co-hosts Korea Republic with a goal after 10.8 seconds in the third-place playoff - the fastest goal in World Cup finals history.

Korea kicked off the match in Daegu, but captain Hong Myung Bo was caught in possession by Ilhan Mansiz and Suker took full advantage of the gift to slot the ball past Lee Woon Jae and record his first goal of the tournament.

The Turkish skipper was delighted that he could lead his country to third place in the World Cup following their entertaining 3-2 in over the gallant Koreans.

"The goal was late in coming. I had to wait until today. We got a good win and we showed that if we had been in the final, we would have won," he said in a voice cracking with emotion.

"There were matches that I played and matches where I was very unlucky.

"Our people deserve so much even if it came late -- we've given them something to cheer about."

Sukuer's goal beat the previous finals fastest, scored by Vaclav Masek of Czechoslovakia against Mexico after just 15 seconds in the 1962 World Cup in Chile.

Bryan Robson's strike after 27 seconds against France in the 1982 World Cup is now the third-fastest in finals history.

Sukur's goal does not beat the previous record for any World Cup match - either qualifier or finals game - held by Davide Gualtieri of San Marino, who scored just nine seconds after the kick-off against England in 1993.