Poor Santiago Vergini, he’s not had a great start to life in Premier League football.
The Sunderland defender has had a few shaky moments since his loan move from Estudiantes in Janaury, but this is his crowning glory so far.
Gus Poyet’s side were holding their own against Southampton in the early stages of their Premier League clash, when Vergini showed the kind of lethal finishing flashed a few hours earlier by his Argentinian compatriot Sergio Aguero in Manchester.
Unfortunately, Vergini’s laser volley blasted past his own goalkeeper and into the Sunderland net, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead they quickly extended to 3-0 by half-time.
In-form Graziano Pelle grabbed the second from close range before Jack Cork added a third before the interval. But it’s the first that has everyone talking - and for good reason.
It’s the sort of own goal that will be replayed on blooper DVDs for years to come - a true pearler to match the likes of the Lee Dixon lob and the Lauren toe punt.
Poor Vergini, he won’t want to see it again, but if you want to watch here, follow this link.
UPDATE: 16:52 (Saturday 18th October)
And it got much, much worse for Vergini and co as the Saints piled on the goals in the second half. In the end, the Black Cats were heading back to the north east having been subjected to an 8-0 humiliation.
Pelle grabbed a second, Tadic scored his first Premier League goal of the season, and Victor Wanyama and Saido Mane also got on the scoresheet. The Saints remain third in the table.
Poor Vergini. Poor Sunderland. Poor Gus Poyet.
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