Nigeria keeper’s own goal disallowed in suspect Scotland friendly

imageAustin Ejide is actually trying to make a save here… (Image: Reuters)

Nigeria keeper Austin Ejide had a fishy-looking own goal disallowed during Wednesday’s friendly match vs. Scotland, just one day after British police investigated allegations of attempted match-fixing on that very same match. Hmm.

With Scotland already up 1-0, Ejide appeared to blatantly slap the ball into his own net while “defending” a cross, but was “bailed out” by a rather soft foul call against Scotland’s Grant Hanley.

While we’re not going to accuse Ejide of having anything to do with the alleged match-fixing — which was never confirmed by the National Crime Agency before kickoff — we must acknowledge that this all looks like a rather unfortunate set of coincidences.

Please check out the goal and jump to your own conclusions:


(H/T SI Soccer)


Defender needs two attempts to score epic own goal

One day, Nautico defender Izaldo will tell his grandchildren about this and have a laugh. Maybe. It could take a while.

Facing off against Santa Cruz in the Brazilian Pernambucano 1 last weekend, Izaldo scored one of the most hilarious own goals of all time. Not necessarily because it was a spectacular shot, but because he needed two separate attempts to do so!

First, the defender shanked an attempted clearance straight off the crossbar and back into play, to the relief of his teammates. But did that discourage Izaldo from getting on the score-sheet? Oh no, not Izaldo. 

Demonstrating the determination and persistence of an ant, Izaldo went right back at it and pounced on the very next chance, heading it safely into the back of his own net.

If at first you don’t succeed…


Error-divisie? Best of the weekend from the Dutch league

The Dutch Eredivisie is quickly becoming one of our favorite leagues here on the blog. Every weekend there seem to be crazy happenings on or off the pitch that demand our (and therefore, your) attention.

For instance, check out this historically unlucky goal conceded by Roda JC goalkeeper Filip Kurto against Utrecht:

See what we mean? Pretty much just par for the course in the Netherlands.

Also this weekend, last-place side NEC unfurled a giant tifo ahead of their local derby match against Vitesse.

Perhaps in homage to rapper legend MIMS’ classic lines “I’m hot cause I’m fly, you ain’t ‘cause you’re not,” the NEC supporters tried to intimidate their opponents with the message “We’re gonna win this, you’re not.” Brilliant. *Smacks head on desk*


Photo: Getty Images

Unfortunately, NEC lost the match in heart-breaking fashion, conceding the match-winning goal off the boot of Lucas Piazon (on loan from Chelsea) in the second minute of stoppage time:

It was NEC’s eighth loss in a row to start the campaign, which likely means that for the eighth week running, no NEC player got to cash in on the highly-coveted Man of the Match prize that the club launched before the season: a free bikini car wash. Bummer.

H/T Dirty Tackle


Peruvian club’s comedy of errors continues with superb own goal

Peruvian top flight side Union Comercio may not be top flight for much longer, at least as long as they continue to gift their opponents goals week after week.

In yesterday’s match against Universitario, Union defender Renzo Reaños scored this fantastic golazo into his own net to hand the visitors a 1-0 victory. It was Union’s fourth loss in a row, after which Reaños felt compelled to apologize on Twitter for his match-“winner.”

Reaños said “I feel very bad. It was my fault we lost today. I want to say sorry to my team mates and to all the people of Union.”

This, of course, come just one week after goalkeeper Juan “Chiquito” Flores provided us with the howler of the year:

With Union doing more than half the work for their opponents recently, it might not surprise you that the club is in second to last place in the Primera Division, sitting on just 26 point out of 29 games.


Nei scores beautiful own goal against former team, injures himself

Facing your former team is always a bit nerve-wracking, but for Vasco da Gama’s Nei it was flat out awful. Going up against his Internacional teammates, Nei scored a beautiful goal into his own net, a rocking header that makes it seem as if Nei thought he was still suiting up for Inter, the team he left Vasco for.

To add injury to insult, Nei actually collides with one of his teammates after the ferocious header! When it rains, it pours…


You know it’s bad when your opponents regretfully come over to pat you on the back and tell you everything’s gonna be OK.

Poor Utrecht defender Mike van der Hoorn nicked in an embarrassing own goal this weekend that gave AZ a 4-0 lead before halftime. After the Utrecht defense already let USMNT striker Jozy Altidore score a hat trick within 10 minutes earlier in the half, van der Hoorn’s miscue sealed all hopes for a comeback.