Alex Scott scores 40-yard own goal for Arsenal ladies v Chelsea

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Alex Scott scored a disastrous own goal for Arsenal ladies against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

The 31-year-old right-back received the ball from Sari van Veenendaal, opted against playing the ball forwards, turned and played it back to her goalkeeper.

However, it wasn’t a great pass back. It had far too much pace, it wasn’t along the ground and Van Veenendaal knew she was in trouble. The Dutch ‘keeper couldn’t control the ball and it rolled agonisingly into the back of the net. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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Van Veenendaal looked furious - there’s a chance it will officially go down as her own goal as she got the last touch - while Scott, understandably, looked red-faced.

Fortunately for both Van Veenendaal and Scott, the own goal didn’t prove costly. While the goal handed Chelsea 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, Arsenal came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Vicky Losada and Daniëlle van de Donk.

Video: Alex Scott's own goal

Alex Scott tweets

After the match, on Twitter, Scott took responsibility for the own goal.

“An own goal and 3 points... Oi Oi!!” Scott tweeted. “I’ll take that,ha!! Proud of my team today.We keep fighting and on to the next 👊🏽⚽️ @ArsenalLadies #COYG”

Arsenal conducted half-time team-talk on pitch

In the same match, the Arsenal ladies’ team were forced to conduct their half-time team-talk out on the Wheatsheaf Park pitch.

The reason?

The heating was on in their dressing room - on the hottest day of 2016 so far - and it wouldn’t turn off.

So, instead, they stood on the pitch discussing their tactics while the sprinklers were on.

It clearly didn’t have a negative impact on their performance, although scoring on the stroke of half-time also helped.

Van de Donk’s winner secured all three points for the Gunners.

Is this the worst/funniest own goal of 2016? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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