Thu 28 Jun 2018, 10:03
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From Egypt’s Ahmed Fathi’s own goal against Russia to Aziz Bouhaddouz’s last-gasp header into his own net to gift Iran victory over Morocco, there have been an unusual number of own goals at the 2018 World Cup. We look back at some World Cup own-goal statistics and review some notable blunders from days past.
When Pierre Issa was first selected for Bafana Bafana back in 1997, many fans responded by saying “who?” He was, however, selected for South Africa’s tournament debut in 1998. Issa (in)famously poked out a long left leg to knock the ball past his own goalkeeper in the 3-0 defeat to France and was initially credited with a second own goal in that match, though it was subsequently deemed to have been scored by Thierry Henry.
Opening pain for Marcelo
No player has ever scored two own goals in a World Cup match (not even Issa) and only one goal has ever been scored in the opening match of a tournament. That record falls to Brazil’s full-back Marcelo, who stabbed the ball beyond Julio Cesar in the 11th minute of the 2014 opener to give Croatia an early lead in Sao Paulo.
The greatest own goal ever scored?
When viewed in slow motion, Jeff Agoos’s finish on the volley in the 2002 tournament against Portugal looks like a wonder strike. But closer inspection shows the American volleys the ball past his own goalkeeper and into the back of his team’s net. The only thing more embarrassing than this goal was his ponytail.
The Netherlands of the 1970s are among the finest to ever play World Cup football. Sadly these great squads that boasted the likes of Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Ruud Krol would never be crowned world champions. The 1978 Dutch side did, however, produce a classic against Italy in which Ernie Brandts became the first and remains the only player to score an own goal and a goal for his own side at a World Cup match.
Trinidad and Tobago don’t have much World Cup pedigree, having only qualified once back in 2006. The men from the Caribbean lost all three matches without scoring a goal. Well, they did score one, but it was an own goal against Paraguay, which makes them the only team in World Cup history to have scored more own goals than goals.
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