‘Own goals’ at Euro 2020 have now overtaken Michel Platini as the highest scorer at any single European Championship. It has been a remarkable tournament full of chaotic OGs, so we’ve decided to rank them, from 10 to one - to find the best, worst and downright calamitous own goals of Euro 2020. The more spectacular the better.
10) Juraj Kucka - Slovakia vs Spain
The worst of the lot. This was the fifth goal in a brutal 5-0 defeat for Slovakia and you just felt sorry for them at this point. The ball was nodded down in the six-yard box and, just two yards out, Kucka swept the ball into his own net.
9) Wojciech Szczesny - Poland vs Slovakia
These sorts of goals are the most unfortunate. Szczesny had to dive to try to stop the shot and as it hit the post, it rebounded off him and went into the net. Not the best match, not the best own goal. Unfortunate, but still quite funny.
8) Denis Zakaria - Switzerland vs Spain
The quarter-final billing pushes this one up to eighth place. Zakaria, coming in for the suspended Granit Xhaka, diverted the ball into his own net after Jordi Alba fired a shot towards goal. This one is the most ‘controversial’ own goal given that the ball may well have gone in anyway, but the adjudication panel decided the shot was just off target.
They've now scored the same amount of goals (12) as they did when they won the Euros in 2012.
7) Raphael Guerreiro - Portugal vs Germany
Portugal. Germany. These two will feature again on this list. Guerreiro put the ball into his own net from the right wing in Portugal’s 4-2 defeat. This one was your classic 5/10 own goal... Close range and no control. We can do better.
6) Mats Hummels - Germany vs France
The group of death was an absolute cracker, and the opening round of fixtures saw two giants go head-to-head, but it was settled by an own goal from Hummels. Nothing special about this one, but the finish was excellent as the ball was fired in from the left wing - he side-footed it past the helpless Manuel Neuer into the top corner.
5) Ruben Dias - Portugal vs Germany
Another one from the group of death as Germany forced Dias, who has been sensational for Manchester City this year, to place the ball into his own net. The cross from Robin Gosens was good, the stumbled finish was excellent, and the forward roll that followed the ball hitting the back of the net was sublime.
4) Merih Demiral - Turkey vs Italy
The opening game of the tournament gave us one of the better own goals of Euro 2020 as Turkey’s awful run began with a heavy defeat to Italy. Domenico Berardi’s fizzed cross was unfortunately turned into his own net by the chest/arm of Demiral. Watching this one back, we should have known Turkey were perhaps not the dark horses everybody thought pre-tournament.
3) Lukas Hradecky - Finland vs Belgium
The final day of the group stage could have seen Finland go through, and in fact, Teemu Pukki and co were heading for the last 16 as they held Belgium to a draw. But then Hrádecký was the unfortunate soul who palmed the ball into his own net after the ball came back off the post. So unlucky. So brutal.
2) Pedri - Spain v Croatia
Yes. Yes. Yes. The only reason this isn’t number one is because Pedri was unfortunate to be listed as the own-goal scorer. From about 35 yards out, he fired the ball back to his goalkeeper with pace, and Unai Simon failed to control it. The ball went over Simon’s foot and the ball trickled into the net in what would be the game of the tournament. Brilliant stuff.
1) Martin Dubravka - Slovakia v Spain
Now this is an own goal. It had absolutely everything. A great shot that came in from range cannoned off the bar, leaving the goalkeeper under the ball. All he had to do was catch the ball or palm it over his own bar. Instead of doing either of those things he tragically palmed it into his own net. This would make any classic goalkeeping howlers DVD.