Scoring a goal is always a matter of delight for a player. However, the goal rarely delights a player when it adds up to the opposition’s scoreboard. Well, you must have guessed it correctly that we are talking about own goal – a dreaded scene for any player. And Manchester City defender Abbie McManus finds herself in a similar spot after scoring arguably the most bizarre own-goal of all time.
McManus’ stunning howler from 50-yards gave Birmingham City the lead in the Women’s Premier League. No one would have predicted what was going to follow when McManus decided to pass the ball to her team’s goalkeeper from the opposition half. However, what followed thereafter was hardly believable.
McManus hit a lofted ball towards her teammate only to see the ball bouncing over her and find the back of the net. The goalkeeper should have comfortably dealt with the ball but misread the bounce and paid the price by conceding an embarrassing goal.
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The goalkeeper was perhaps confused by the rules regarding dealing with backpasses as instead of parrying the ball with her hands she decided she had to head the ball away. As a result, she could only see the ball skimming off the top of her head and bounce into the empty net.
City then took another setback when Birmingham went 2-0 up just after the break. However, City’s highly-rated team mounted a brilliant comeback to win the game and save the day for McManus as well as their goalie.
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Here is a clip of that own goal (Video credits: The Guardian)