Liverpool defender scores classic own goal

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel scored one of the worst international own goals in recent times on Friday night while playing for Slovakia against Greece – although pinning the blame on the 28-year-old would be harsh.

This was Gary Neville and Paul Robinson all over again.

Skrtel passed the ball back for Jan Mucha to clear, only for the Slovakian goalkeeper to miss the ball completely.

Unlike Robinson – who famously missed the ball while playing for England against Croatia in a European Championship qualifier back in 2006 – Mucha, who was on the books of Everton between 2010 and 2013, couldn't even blame his lack of control on a divert in the pitch.

Fortunately it didn't matter too much for Slovakia. Bosnia & Herzegovina and Greece already had the top two positions in Group G wrapped up before Friday night's 2014 World Cup qualifiers got underway.

Slovakia were merely playing for pride – but after this own goal, it's safe to say they failed to escape with much.

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