When a player puts the ball into the wrong net it provokes an unusual feeling from a spectator. Should you laugh? Should you feel sorry for the player?
There are a variety of styles of own goal, of course, right from the accidental ricochet to the 35-yard spectacular.
We’ve taken a look through the archives to find some of the best own goals that will make you laugh, cry and downright confused.
The Sparta Rotterdam man went in for a tackle against FC Dordecht in the 89th minute of a relegation play-off, with his side 1-0 up. This happened.
The last type of goal you’d expect to see in a Champions League semi-final.
As above. As if scoring an own goal isn’t bad enough, getting smacked in the face quite hard with the ball is just adding insult to injury.
Another faceplant, this is utterly iconic.
If you accidentally backheel volley it into your own net against one of your biggest rivals, just pretend you’re injured.
In fact, own goals are always much better when they involve a brilliant piece of “skill”. This is one of those.
This is definitely another one of those.
And then there’s the ones where you think “how’s that even gone in?”
That James Collins own goal is up there with this cracker from Vincent Kompany…https://t.co/eEXp2DDzXe
— Betfair (@Betfair) April 19, 2015
There’s always that moment where a player does something and then immediately doesn’t quite know why he’s done it. But this is a great finish on the stretch from the Premier League’s record appearance maker.
We couldn’t leave him out really, could we?
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 13, 2015
It has happened against Manchester City at least once in history.
— JenningsBet (@jenningsbetinfo) April 19, 2015
Harsh on G Nev, but this one is yours mate.
Three in seven minutes is pretty damn impressive. Fair play
Before getting sent off against Cardiff, Duffy netted two decent finishes to grab an impressive own-goal brace.
— Footy.Tube (@F00TYTUBE) August 18, 2016
Just a pure beauty.
Just don’t put strikers in a defensive position. It’s not going to go well.
Long range own goals are particularly memorable.
This has to be better than any of Roberto Firmino’s no look finishes.
From the Gareth Barry school of “eh, why has he just done that?”
Not only is the finish ridiculous, but this also comes with a fine self-assist to boot.
From Hazard’s 10/10 to Jones’ 3.
It’s easy to see how Newcastle got promoted.
Absolute worldie scenes.
Is Phil Jones a lucky boy?
The Queen at right-back? But her legs have gone.
Arsenal wanted to sign the goalkeeper.
Against all odds, it became the Mertesacker final.
You’ve got 22 to get. Easy, right?
The league winners don’t come out on top.
Ashley Young isn’t actually young, it turns out.