FIFA 2018 Stats Zone: Highest number of own goals so far

Rajat Kain

Samara :  Brazil's Neymar, second from right, scores his side's opening goal during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. AP/ PTI

Samara : Brazil’s Neymar, second from right, scores his side’s opening goal during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. AP/ PTI

The World Cup has seen several mouth watering clashes and shock results, from the ouster of the heavyweights to stunning performances of the teams resigned as minions. But among the most noticeable statistic this time is of the own goals. So far 10 own goals have been scored in the tournament where eight more high-intensity matches are left to be played.

Of the total 146 goals scored 10 have been unfortunate own goals. Comparing to the overall statistics of the World Cup tournaments this is highest number of times that players have volleyed by mistake or in haste or by sheer ill-fortune in their own net.

The figures have also surpassed the FIFA 1998 tally of six goals. Comparing further with the recently held World Cups, five own goals were scored in Brazil in 2014, just 2 in South Africa in 2010 and four in Germany in 2006.

The unfortunate string of own goals started in second group B game between Morocco and Iran on June 15.

With match locked at 0-0, a header from Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz while fending the attempt from Iran’s Ehsan Hajsafi flew into the left corner of his own net. This was just seconds before the whistle.

The second came next day on June 16 in France vs Australia match, where the latter looked good to hold France to a 1-1 tie. But in the 81st minute, Paul Pogba’s lobbed ball deflected off Aussie full-back Aziz Behich giving France a winner.

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Photo – PTI/AP

Croatia opened scoring against Nigeria courtesy a 32nd minute own goal by Oghenekaro Etebo, whose save, albeit a wrong one, off Modric’s kick beat his own goalkeeper. In the end Croatia won the game 2-0.

Poland defender Thiago Cionek’s wrong-foot to his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny gave Senegal the lead in 37th minute, which in the end proved decisive as Senegal beat Poland 2-1.

Once again a team got a head start with an own goal by the opponent. Egypt’s Ahmed Fathi own goal in 47th minute gave Russia its first goal in their 3-1 victory in the group match against the Egyptians.

Denis Cheryshev, who has scored three goals in this world cup at the right end scored one at the wrong end after Diego Laxalt’s powerful shot deflected through his boot giving Uruguay 2-0 lead in the group game in 23rd minute.

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Swedish defender Edson Álvarez armed the ball into his own net in 74th minute giving Mexico its third in the group game.

Swiss goalkeeper will hate that moment, which turned an almost win into a 2-2 draw. Taking a last minute penalty for Costa Rica, Bryan Ruiz kick hit the crossbar but fell on Sommer’s back and lobbed inside the Swiss net.

Panama took an early lead in 33rd minute against Tunisia after José Rodríguez’s shot from outside the penalty area took a deflection off Yassine Meriah and nestle in the back of the net. But in the end it didn’t prove costly as Tunisia won the match 2-1.

In what could have been a heart-break for the hosts, Sergei Ignashevich’s wrong footing while tackling with Spanish skipper Sergio Ramos gave Spain a lead in 12th minute of their knockout game. Good news for Russia was not just it equalised but won the game through penalties 4-3, where Ignashevich also scored one.