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Ex-Tottenham Hotspur hero Van der Vaart sets 51-year Bundesliga record

Former Spurs attacker Rafael van der Vaart set a Bundesliga record this week.

Rafael van der Vaart has written his name into the history books - by scoring the Bundesliga's fastest ever penalty.

The Dutchman scored the opener in a 3-0 win for Hamburg against Paderborn, and even if fans were slightly late to kick off, they would have missed it.

German channel Sport1 report Marcell Jansen was fouled inside the box by Patrick Ziegler after just 8.64 seconds of the game.

Van der Vaart stepped up to convert the spot kick, setting a record in the process. The goal was the quickest ever Bundesliga penalty to be scored since records began 51 years ago.

Hamburg went onto win the game, with two second half goals clinching the win.

The goal was about as good as it got for Van der Vaart however, the penalty was his only shot during the match, and he was substituted early in the second half having completely a woeful 46 per cent of his passes.

Getting three points was a big result for Hamburg, who move to 20 points in the division, pulling away slightly from the relegation zone into 13th place, leapfrogging Paderborn.

Bottom of the league? Remarkably are Champions League last 16 side Borussia Dortmund, who lost last night at home to 10 man Augsburg.

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