Somehow, Brighton managed to score four in their FA Cup fifth round tie against Liverpool on Sunday, yet still managed to lose 6-1 as the Reds secured a place in the quarter finals of the competition.
Aside from Lomana LuaLua’s peach of a free-kick that briefly drew the sides level, the Seagulls put the ball in their own net no less than three times – the first time that has ever happened in the history of the FA Cup – prompting manager Gus Poyet to admit he went home, logged on to his computer and watched his side’s ‘comic’ efforts all over again.
Well fear not Gus, because there are plenty of other efforts out there to keep you amused, and luckily GMF has compiled a list of the best ever own goals.
Festus Baise, Sun Hei, 2011
Rene Higuita ensured his place in footballing history in an otherwise drab friendly with England with his now infamous scorpion kick. Well move over Rene, there’s a new kid on the block, and his name is Festus Baise.
Unfortunately for Baise, his 15 minutes of fame came because his very own scorpion kick nestled in the top corner of his own net from the edge of the area. Possibly the most spectacular own goal of all time.
Carl Jenkinson, Arsenal, 2011
Carl Jenkinson was pushed all the way by Lee Dixon, whose wonderfully chipped effort from outside of the box into his own net back in 1991 makes him a contender in any best own goals list, but the sheer quality of Jenkinson’s finish puts him in a league of his own when it comes to Arsenal own goals.
The 20-year-old was less than a month into his Arsenal career having swapped Charlton for the Gunners, and what better way is there to endear yourself to your new club’s supporters than by volleying the ball into your own net from 25 yards in a pre-season friendly against Cologne?
Frank Sinclair, Leicester, 2002
A man who surely deserves his own list of classic own goals, over the years Frank Sinclair mastered the art of the 'hands on hips, despairing' look as the ball rocketed past his own keeper.
Ian Walker was the lucky man between the sticks in 2002 as Sinclair surely scored the finest of all his own goals, with Middlesbrough the lucky benefactors (1.56 in).
Under no pressure, with all the time in the world, Sinclair placed a slide rule finish beyond the grasp of Walker, while manager Dave Basset watched on, begrudgingly impressed that at least someone in his relegation-doomed side knew how to finish.
Djimi Traore, Liverpool, 2005
Djimi Traore never really worked his way into the hearts of Liverpool fans, with his own goal in the FA Cup against Burnley in 2005 probably going someway to explain why.
A deft turn in his own six yard box as a harmless low cross came in turned into an absolute horrorshow as it bounced off the Malian’s instep and rolled into the net to hand Burnley a place in the quarter-finals.
Connoisseurs of the own goal will note that Traore goes for the classic look disappointed before booting the ball away as it rebounds out of the net. Textbook stuff.
Gary Neville, England, 2007
While maybe not as spectacular as the rest of the goals on the list, this merits inclusion because it marks the very second England’s Euro 2008 dreams die and also marked the birth of an icon - Steve ‘the wally with a brolly’ McLaren.
To be fair to Gary Neville, it isn’t exactly his fault that his backpass bobbles its way over the foot of goalkeeper Paul Robinson’s as England’s qualification for Euro 2008 all but goes up in smoke.
Nor was is the fault of Robinson really, who was at the mercy of the pitch, but as the ball rolled in to make it 2-0 to Croatia, both would have loved a large hole to open up there and then and gobbled them up.
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