2018 World Cup qualifier throws up one of the best own goals you’ll ever see

Move over Chris Brass. Move over Jamie Pollock. There’s a new kid in town. That town’s name is Comedy Own Goals, and it’s population just increased.

Yes, this weekend’s international break may have been an unwelcome break from the club variety, but at least it did throw up one spectacular moment. No, not that Jamie Vardy goal, sumptuous though it was. I’m referring instead to Japan’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Syria – didn’t you see it?

Me neither, but I did see the opening goal of Japan’s 5-0 victory, a victory that left them top of the group. That goal was the own goal in question, and the real shame of it all is that it’s the goalkeeper’s fault, but the defender will forever be credited – if that is the right word – on the scoresheet.

And by the looks of the game, it may well have been an own goal that completely knocked the stuffing out of Syria before Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda sealed the win for the Japanese. See for yourself:

It’s the kind of comedy own goal that kills games, just how do you come back from that? But it’s also the kind of own goal that deserves to make the pantheon of own goals.

So here it is, alongside two of the greats. Chris Brass’s famous own goal whilst playing for Bury, or Jamie Pollock’s superb effort at Manchester City.

Sit back and enjoy the comedy!

Article title: 2018 World Cup qualifier throws up one of the best own goals you’ll ever see

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