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Blackburn 2-4 Reading: Meite scores after EIGHT seconds as the championship leaders continue the fast start

Blackburn 2-4 Reading: Championship leaders continue fast start as Yakou Meite scores in EIGHT seconds before Michael Olise, Josh Laurent and Lucas Joao take the win

  • Reading extended their lead at the top of the championship to seven points
  • Forward Meite scored Reading’s fastest ever competitive goal unbeaten
  • In-form Adam Armstrong led home a stunning equalizer for Blackburn
  • Visitors scored two more for the 19th minute via Olise and Laurent
  • Armstrong’s second gave the hosts hope, but Joao brought the win late

To have the best start to a league game in 35 years, Reading added their fastest ever goal on Tuesday evening as their stunning start under Veljko Paunovic took another positive turn.

Eight games in and they top the championship with 22 points, the fastest Reading team in the blocks since the vintage 1985-86 started with 13 consecutive wins.

There were only eight seconds left on the clock in Ewood Park when Yakou Meite gleefully wiped Lucas Joao’s dismissal into an empty net after an accidental ricochet on Barry Douglas’s heels left rookie goalkeeper Aynsley Pears hopelessly out of position.

Yakou Meite scored the unbeaten fastest game ever in Reading on Tuesday-evening

Yakou Meite scored the unbeaten fastest game ever in Reading on Tuesday-evening

Meite took advantage of the luck and scored after just eight seconds - his third in two games

Meite took advantage of the luck and scored after just eight seconds - his third in two games

Meite took advantage of the luck and scored after just eight seconds – his third in two games

The quick opener – 10 years ago beating Jimmy Kebe’s FA Cup goal against West Brom – was almost immediately swept away in a breathtaking start to the match between the division’s leading scorers and the tightest defense.

Harvey Elliott, the loaned Liverpool teenager, crossed from the right and Adam Armstrong slapped him in Rafael Cabral’s left hand for the first time for the first of his clinically taken brace.

But parity only lasted until fifteen minutes, as another teenager in Michael Olise – whose long ball had caused such havoc from kick-off – literally ran around the Blackburn back line on a right-to-left dribble that passed with a controlled finish. Pears ended.

And by the 18th minute, it was 3-1 when Omar Richards’ left-wing center was divested to Josh Laurent, who took his spot from 20 yards to comfort Armstrong’s look-a-like head halfway through the second half.

In-form attacker Adam Armstrong led home a stunning equalizer for Blackburn

In-form attacker Adam Armstrong led home a stunning equalizer for Blackburn

In-form attacker Adam Armstrong led home a stunning equalizer for Blackburn

The visitors scored two more before the 19th minute via Michael Olise and Josh Laurent

The visitors scored two more before the 19th minute via Michael Olise and Josh Laurent

The visitors scored two more before the 19th minute via Michael Olise and Josh Laurent

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