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VIDEO SPECIAL: After Beye's Newcastle horror, Sportsmail salutes the own goal kings
Published : 12 May 2009 09:22:18
As it turned out, Habib Beye's own goal last night might have been the best thing to have happened to Newcastle all season. Needing victory from their relegation clash with near neighbours Middlesbrough at St James' Park, Beye found the back of his own net with a deft header. Butthe strike ensured the Magpies had to come out fighting rather thancagily wait for an 89th-minute opening and romped to a 3-1 win in whatturned out to be an open and entertaining match. So Beye's faux pas ended only in a bit of gentle banter fromteam-mates in the communal bath rather than £50m relegation misery forthousands of Geordies. Others in the past haven't been so lucky.Teams have paid for their jelly-headedness with relegations, cup exitsand in extreme cases, their lives. So here, Sportsmail looks at a few classic own goals from down the years. JOHN ARNE RIISE With Liverpool onthe brink of taking a 1-0 Champions League semi-final lead back toStamford Bridge last year, up popped the flame-haired Norwegian to eventhe score, beating his own keeper Pepe Reina with a classy finish. Inthe 94th minute... It finished 1-1 and Chelsea wonthe second leg 3-1 - but only after extra time. So the Blues benefitedfrom a late goal in a Champions League semi-final? Surely that sort ofluck would run out some day... PETER ENCKELMAN In the first Birmingham derby since the Blues won promotion to the PremierLeague in 2002, Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman carved his name intoBrummie folklore with a howler of epic proportions. With City winning 1-0, captain Olof Mellberg harmlessly chuckedEnckelman the ball from a throw-in. The young stopper mis-judged theslowly-rolling ball, which ran past his foot and into the net. VIDEO: Forgotten how good it was....? Here it is again complete with Chinese commentary and mocking Brum fanHad the referee David Elleray known he had not touched the ball,the goal would not have stood. But Enckelman's head-in-hands reaction convincedthe man in black he must have made contact, and the goal stood. Birmingham won3-0. LEE DIXON Full-back Lee Dixon made a mockery of Arsenal's famously tight defence in theearly 1990s when he lobbed team-mate David Seaman from distance to sendopponents Coventry on their way to victory against George Graham's side. VIDEO: One-nil [not] to the Arser-nal SANDY BROWN Another culprit of over-enthusiastic defensive heading was Sandy Brown, whosefull-length diving header endeared him to Liverpool supporters in the Merseysidederby in December 1969, even though he was representing the blue half. IAIN DOWIE Iain Dowie ended a worrying goal drought during his time at West Ham with aperfectly-executed header past Ludek Miklosko which even his own fans must havebeen tempted to applaud. Dowie's equaliser for Stockport helped them on theirway to a 2-1 win in 1996.VIDEO: He doen't miss those ... Dowie buries another fine header ANDRES ESCOBAR Own goals became decidedly less comical in the 1994 World Cup whenone resulted in murder. Columbia defender Andres Escobar deflected across into his own net to help the USA to a 2-1 victory, ensuring anearly exit for the SouthAmericans. VIDEO: No laughing matter as Escobar's own goal ends in his death ten days laterTen days later, outside a nightclub in Medellin, Escobar was gunneddown and killed. DJIMI TRAORE Rafael Benitez's first FA Cup tie as Liverpool boss ended inhumiliating defeat at Burnley in 2005 after French defender Traoreperformed a perfect pirouette in the six-yard box, comically draggingthe ball into his own net with his heel as he twirled to hand victoryto the Coca-Cola Championship club.VIDEO: The party piece that ended with a goal of distinction JAMIE POLLOCK An own goal that would have been one of the goals of the season had it beenscored at the other end. Playing against QPR in 1998, Manchester City defenderPollock flicked the ball over an opponent's head before trying to head the ballback to his goalkeeper, who was in no man's land and could only watch as theball sailed into the net.VIDEO: Learn from the master Riise - this is how it should be done CHRIS BRASS Probably the funniest own goal ever scored came from Bury's Chris Brass, whoseattempted clearance against Darlington in 2006 hit his own face and careeredinto the net. To add injury to insult, Brass suffered a broken nose in theprocess. However, Bury did come back to win late on. Bury benefitted from a great oggy in their favour last week when Shrewsbury's Neil Ashton 25-yarder gave them a 1-0 win - but they lostthe second leg and went out on penalties. Sometimes football can be acruel mistress VIDEO: Bold as Brass - he nose how to finish DES WALKER Nottingham Forest defender Des Walker scored the winning goal in the 1991 FACup final at Wembley - for Tottenham. Locked at 1-1 after normal time, the England centre-half won Terry Venables' side the trophy with a diving header straight into his own goal.