Veracruz in own goal horror despite penalty save

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Many of you reading this will have been guilty of missing a penalty whilst playing in your local Sunday league or weekly five-a-side team.

Some of you may even have had your blushes spared by an onrushing teammate who fires home the rebound, despite the 'keepers best efforts.

However, none of you will have seen anything quite like this penalty fail. Spare a thought for Veracruz ace, Adrian Cortes.

Veracruz stretched their lead at the top of the Mexican top division with a 3-2 win over Cruz Azul - but they still had time to concede a hilarious own goal en route to the three points.

The visitors won a penalty after home 'keeper Edgar Hernandez put in a clumsy tackle on the opposing striker in the box, and the referee pointed to the spot without hesitation.

Christian Giménez stepped up and hit a tame shot straight down the middle, which Hernandez managed to keep out with his legs. Cue calamity moment.

Hugo Cid, Veracruz's left-back, followed up the rebound and in an attempt to clear his lines, fired the ball across goal into the helpless Adrian Cortes who watched on in horror as the ball ricocheted off him and into the back of the net.

Luckily for all concerned, the goal had no bearing on the outcome of the game, but it's still incredibly funny all the same.

Watch the video below - courtesy of 101greatgoals - to see for yourself, and let us know if you can top this own goal in the comments box provided!

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