Love them or hate them the best of own Goals

February 17, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog 
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They can cause the best moments in football and the worst dont remind liverpoool fans when John Arne Riise’s brave own goal in the Champions League semifinal against Chelsea had a lot of people asking where it ranks on the list of the greatest own goals of all time? or wondering whether it might be the most important own goal ever? ( see Phil thompsons live reaction on sky tv funny! scroll down)

So here is our tops 10 and some great videos scroll down of the all time crackers!.

1. Delfí Geli scores for Liverpool, 2001 UEFA Cup Final
But the most stunning own goal of all time has to be Delfí Geli’s otherworldly header to win the 2001 UEFA Cup for Liverpool (goal is at 4:02). Not only did it occur deep in extra time—in the 117th minute, to be exact. Not only did it put his team, Alavés, behind 5-4 after their superb fight back from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits. But it was also a Golden Goal. It literally ended the match. It single-handedly undid his team’s comeback and brought his opponents their first European trophy in 17 years. We may not live to see this one topped. Just a brilliant achievement in own-goal scoring on every conceivable level

2. Antoni Ramallets scores for Benfica, 1961 European Cup Final
Ramallets was one of the best goalkeepers ever to play for Barcelona, but his bobbled save of Martín Vergés’s defensive header (goal is at :52) was the difference in Benfica’s 3-2 win. The best case I know of a great player scoring a devastating own goal in a critically high-stakes match.

Escobar scores for the United States, 1994 World Cup
I’m not evaluating this one by the criteria above, because it’s one of the most tragic goals in soccer history. A few days after accidentally scoring against his own team in the 1994 World Cup, and thus allegedly inflicting some huge gambling losses on a group of Colombian drug lords, Colombian player Escobar was shot to death. According to witnesses, the killer shouted “Goooal!” after firing each of his 12 bullets

4. (Riise if Chelsea would have won Champions League Final)

5. Gary Mabbutt scores for Coventry, 1987 FA Cup Final
Tottenham were huge favorites in this match, which made Gary Mabbutt’s brilliant, arching goal over his own keeper’s head six minutes into extra time (goal is at 5:05 in the video) a thing of such beauty. It was even better because Mabutt not only won the match 3-2 for Coventry, but also scored the second goal for Spurs to ensure extra time in the first place. I’ve been looking without much success for a term to describe the accomplishment of a player who scores for both teams in a match. “Completing the Mabbutt” should do nicely

6. Des Walker scores for Tottenham, 1991 FA Cup Final
Four years earlier (see #5), Spurs had lost the FA Cup on a last-minute own goal. In 1991, karma made amends as Nottingham Forest’s Des Walker scored a sublime own goal at the start of extra time to give Spurs the cup. This was also the match in which Paul Gascoigne tore his cruciate ligament during a dangerous tackle on Gary Charles. It was a night when karma was on its game

7. Steven Gerrard scores for Chelsea, 2005 Carling Cup Final
The goal itself was nothing special, just an unlucky glancing header. But coming in the 79th minute, leveling the match after Liverpool had held the lead since the first minute, and leading to a wild extra period that saw Chelsea win 3-2, this one deserves to be remembered. That it was described as “Gerrard’s first goal for Chelsea” at the high point of the Stevie-to-Stamford Bridge transfer speculation added some needed comedy. Ironically, it was Riise who had his first-minute goal neutralized by Gerrard’s mistake, a fact that may lie somewhere in the distant, dimly lit background of a story like this

8. Tommy Boyd scores for Brazil, 1998 World Cup
A draw against Brazil in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup would have been the biggest result in Scotland’s history, and Scotland looked set to pull it off after John Collins’s penalty leveled the match. That’s why Tommy Boyd’s late, awkwardly chested own goal was such a masterpiece. It gave Brazil the 2-1 win, spoiled the underdog story, and knocked Scotland from a high they wouldn’t reach again until last year’s wins over France

10. Gary Neville scores for Croatia, 2006
Devastating? Well, it came as England were trying to fight back from a 1-0 deficit against Croatia early in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, and put them in a 2-0 hole they couldn’t climb back out of. Consequential? Not directly, but you could at least argue that this was the goal that derailed Paul Robinson’s career, led to England’s flameout in Euro qualifying, caused the sacking of Steve McClaren, and made Slaven Bilić the hottest young coach to hit England since Gareth Southgate left the hotel sauna. Comical? Meet the Paul Robinson air kick

See the videos below some priceless moments and some the best you will see

We wont forget this moment live on tv as Phil thompson shows how really gutted he was so much he says penguin can anyone get what he says 🙂

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