Michy Batshuayi made an immediate impact when he came on in the 79th minute of Chelsea’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Belgian, it wasn’t the impact Batshuayi was hoping for.
Three minutes after arriving, the striker headed Christian Eriksen’s dangerous free-kick past Thibaut Courtois and into his own net to make the score 1-1.
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Fortunately for Batshuayi, Marcos Alonso scored in the 88th minute to fire Chelsea ahead once again for a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Batshuayi’s task is to score goals for Chelsea so there’s an extra embarrassment when it does it for the opposing team.
The 23-year-old took to Twitter on Sunday evening to express his relief.
When the Blues’ official Twitter page said Alonso’s late goal made Chelsea’s win “all the sweeter” after they came close to drawing, Batshuayi responded by saying: “Yeah tell me about it lol 😟 #phew thx @marcosalonso03 💙.”
Mendy trolled Batshuayi
That wasn’t the only tweet Batshuayi made about his own goal. Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy drew some criticism when he sarcastically hailed Lewis Dunk’s own goal in Man City’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion as a “bullet header”, a tweet he even apologised for, but that didn’t prevent the left-back from teasing Bashuayi about his own goal.
"My bro @mbatshuayi #bulletheader," Mendy tweeted. "But it means nothing #thatwin."
Batshuayi’s response was colourful but it’s clear that it was just some light-hearted banter.
He wrote: “B*****d 😭😭😭 "I wanted to die, bro. Fortunately we won."
Batshuayi’s error, one in which Chelsea fans won’t hold against him, seemed to have an effect on the striker.
When a supporter pointed out that a Spurs player could have headed the ball had Batshuayi not gotten to it first, he replied: “Yeah but still I had plenty of other places to make it go 🙄”.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte praised his players after they bounced back from that opening day defeat to Burnley with an important win.
“I think I must be pleased,” he said, per the Independent. “I want to thank my players. Every one. Because they showed me great desire, great spirit, great will, great heart, great will to fight.
“I saw today the fighters. For sure, I saw a lot of positive things in a moment that's not easy for us with the suspensions and the injuries.”
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