FIFA World Cup 2018 is getting to what experts call the deciding fixtures. All teams will now play their second Group games. These matches are decisive and Russia 3-1 win against Egypt shows exactly what that means. The hosts are through to the last 16 and the Pharaohs are heading home. Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay will try their luck today against Morocco, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The showdown this year has delivered some crazy statistics. In 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, only 4 own goals were scored. This year, we already have five in the first round of matches. Today, as we continue to enjoy the showpiece, let’s look at the five costliest own goals so far in the World Cup.
5. Thiago Cionek- Poland
The only African team that has won a game in the World Cup so far is Senegal. This happened against Poland in the final day of round one Group matches. The West Africans were lucky on the day and the fat lady smiled early in the match when Idrissa Gueye shot was directed towards the net by Thiago Cionek. The second goal scored by Niang was also controversial but what matters is Sadio Mane and his teammates collected 3 valuable points.
4. Oghenekaro Etebo- Nigeria
2 – Nigeria's 🇳🇬 last 2 goals conceded at the World Cup are both Own Goals (Joseph Yobo v France on 30 June 2014 & Oghenekaro Etebo v Croatia tonight). Harakiri. pic.twitter.com/az3kURPlJz
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 16, 2018
Nigeria did not play well against Croatia in their opening match. The Super Eagles never threatened the European side for 90 minutes. However, they lost the match 2-0 because of errors that could’ve have been prevented. Luka Modric and his teammates got a helping hand when Oghenekaro Etebo directed the ball to his own net to make it 1-0. Ekong then decided to hang on Mandzukic and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. They must beat Iceland in their second Group match or else they will follow Egypt in the exit door.
3. Aziz Behich- Australia
Pogba goes BarDown!
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 16, 2018
France defeated Australia 2-1 in their opening Group C match. It was the first time the World witnessed VAR helping referees to make decisions. Antoine Griezmann scored the opener via a penalty that was awarded after video review.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) June 17, 2018
The Socceroos were also awarded a spot-kick after Umtiti decided to become the second Maradona with a hand of God clearance. Paul Pogba thought he had scored the winner but 24hrs later the goal was taken away and given to Aziz Behich. This means it was an own goal. It is painful for the Australians because they deserved more in that game.