The number of own goals at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has made the soccer fiesta recorded the highest in the history of World Cup.
Own goals may not be deliberate, but could be devastating to the “victim” and the entire team.
Whenever a mention of own goal is made, the number one own goal victim that first come to mind is Andres Escobar, the Colombian defender whose own goal boosted the morale of the United States team in 1994.
That goal led to the elimination of his nation from the World Cup.
Escobar was shot dead by unknown men early hours of Saturday, July 2, 1994 in his home town of Medellin, Colombia, cocaine cartel country.
Escobar, 27 by then, was said to have been shot 12 times by three men.
‘Thanks for the own goal,’ one of his killers was quoted to have said by independent.co.uk
It’s unknown if there was match ‘fixing’ in the US-Colombia match, which the US team won 2-1 in a major upset.
The rest is history.
Interestingly, Colombia are in 2018 FIFA World Cup holding in Russia. The team are in Group H. They’ve lost their opening match against Japan by 1-2.
That’s why own goal in 2018 FIFA World Cup is coming under spotlight just as FIVE OWN GOALS have been recorded few days into the competition.
How many own goals were recorded in Russia?
Since the kick off of the tournament, some players have erroneously found themselves netting ball into their own goalie.
1)Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal in FIFA World Cup 2018
Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco has a great record in 2018 FIFA World Cup, but on a sad one.
He became the first player to score an own goal against his own country, which worked in favour of Iran on June 15.
Sadly, Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal was the only goal in the match that gave Iran their first opening match victory.
At the time of filing this report, Iran are trailing Portugal and Spain who have 4 point each, while Iran has 3 points, Morocco have 0.
Since then, Morocco have not won any match. Even though Portugal defeated Morocco, they gave the might Portugal a good fight in their second group B match on June 20. It ended 1-0.
What of if Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco had not scored that own goal at extra time?
Well, that’s irreversible and Morocco do not have nay hope of continuing in the competition again.
2)Aziz Behich own goal in FIFA World Cup 2018
Morocco’s own goal scorer is Aziz. Coincidentally another own goal scorer in Australian team is Aziz Behich of Austarlia.
Aziz Behich mistakenly found his own net in their opening match against France in Group C.
It could have ended draw, but France won by 2-1, and Australia only drew their second match against Denmark, making their World Cup dream doubtful.
They only have only one group match remaining against Peru, who have neither drew, scored or won any match in 2018 FIFA World Cup, having been beaten by by France in their second match.
3)Oghenekaro Etebo own goal in FIFA World Cup 2018
Oghenekaro Etebo of Nigeria scored an own goal against his team Super Eagles in an opening match against Croatia in Group B in Russia.
Nigeria later lost the game devastated by 0-2, putting the country on a struggling corner since Croatia humiliated Argentina 3-0 on June 21.
Nigeria can only salvage the situation if they can win their match against tiny country, but spirited team Iceland in their second match today, Friday June 22 in Russia.
Iceland were able to hold mighty Argentina to a draw on June 16. It was incredible!
Nigeria shouldn’t live with the fear Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal if they must come out victorious as they take on Iceland 4PM Nigerian Time today.
4)NiaThiago Cionek own goal in FIFA World Cup 2018
NiaThiago Cionek of Poland became the fourth player to score an own goal. His error gave an African side Senegal, to become the first African country to record a victory at the group stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In the Group H, both Senegal and Japan are should-to-shoulder with 3 points, 2 goals each. While Poland and Colombia are mates with 0 point and one goal in their opening match.
Coincidentally, Poland, whose player scored own goal will be taking on another country Colombia, whose player Andres Escobar scored an own goal back in 1994.
We hope history won’t repeat itself when both of them meet on June 24 for the battle for knockout stage.
5)Ahmed Fathy own goal in FIFA World Cup 2018
Ahmed Fathy of Egypt scored an own goal to give hosts Russia the lead in their second group game on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old defender’s error indirectly devastated the team, and Russia tapped into that to carry the day with a 3-1 victory.
Mohamed Salah’s fight and doggedness wasn’t enough, and Russia’s wide jubilation signaled the end of the match.
6) Denis Cheryshev of Russia (FT Uruguay 3-0 Russia)
7) Yann Sommer of Costa Rica (FT Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica)
8) Edson Alvarez of Sweden (FT Mexico 0-3 Sweden)
9) Yassine Meriah of Tunisia (FT Panama 1-2 Tunisia)
10) Sergei Ignashevich of Russia (FT Spain 1-1 Russia – Russia won on pen)
11) Fernandinho of Brazil (FT Brazil 1-2 Belgium)
12) Mario Mandzukic of Croatia (Croatia vs France – World Cup final)
How many own goals were recorded at the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
So far there have been 12 own goals in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which ended on July 15 with France lifting the trophy.
It is also on record that there were five own goals in the 2014 Brazil World Cup but the record was set in 1998, where six own goals were scored.
2018 FIFA World Cup recorded more own goals to surpass the 1998 record?
Check the past record of own goals in the history of FIFA World Cup
|FIFA WORLD CUP||NUMBER OF OWN GOALS|
|West Germany 1974||3|
|South Korea/Japan 2002||3|
|South Africa 2010||2|
How the Own Goals in 2018 FIFA World Cup were scored
During the group stage games, nine own goals were scored as Aziz Bouhaddouz opened the register, one was scored during the round of 16 games, one at the quarterfinals, no own goals were recorded during the semis, but another one was recorded at the final as Mario Mandzukic erroneously scored against his own country Croatia.
France won the competition on July 15, to bring the soccer fiesta to a close, but it was an entertaining competition.