Podolski glad to grab goal record
Highlights Germany 4-2 Ecuador
Lukas Podolski said he was happy to become the scorer of Germany's fastest goal, but admitted he has "scored more important goals" in his career.
The Arsenal forward scored just nine seconds into Wednesday's 4-2 friendly win over Ecuador in Boca Raton, Florida, after he won the ball from Gabriel Achilier and finished past goalkeeper Maximo Banguera to enter the record books.
That strike was followed four minutes later by one from Lars Bender, before both players scored again to put Joachim Low's side 4-0 up with 24 minutes gone.
Antonio Valencia and Walter Ayovi hit back to salvage some pride for the South American side, but the result was seen as a triumph for a Germany side without any Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund players and whose post-season tour had been derided as pointless by many pundits back home.
"Of course, that is great," Podolski said afterwards having taken his international goal tally to 46. "I would lie if I was to say that does not mean anything to me.
"I gladly take this record. But I wouldn't hang it too high, I have scored more important goals."
The 27-year-old, who had been criticised by German team manager Oliver Bierhoff ahead of the Ecuador game, is now Germany's third-most capped player for Germany, behind Miroslav Klose (126 caps) and Lothar Matthaus (150).
Germany had travelled to the US without players from the two Champions League finalists, Bayern and Dortmund, and also missing the Real Madrid stars Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira.
Germany boss Low instead fielded a side of young and talented Germany youngsters and handed first caps to Bayer Leverkusen duo Philipp Wollscheid and Sidney Sam, Max Kruse of Freiburg and Mainz's Nicolai Muller. "Such games are super good for the young players to collect experience," the coach said. "That's what will stick with me. We wanted to lay a marker from the very beginning that we are compact."
Germany will take on United States in their second and final game of the tour in Washington DC on Sunday.