Top 5 Worst Own Goals

Aston Villa, West Ham, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Sunderland feature.

England suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the World Cup this morning.

Drawing 1-1 with Japan with just moments of injury time left in the semi-final, Laura Bassett scored an own goal to see the Lionesses fall out of the tournament.

It was a goal that would not have gone in 99 out of 100 times, but her touch on the ball saw it lob the goalkeeper and hit the underside of the bar, just crossing the line.

Japan pass through into the final, where they will face the USWNT in the fight to claim the title of best Women’s football team in the world.

The own goal is a heartbreaking way to concede a goal, especially when it knocks your nation out of a tournament - at the semi-final stage.

They displayed heart and passion to reach that stage, and although Japan were always favourites to progress to the final, England will be devastated to have been knocked out in such a situation.

To commiserate the unfortunate goal, we take a look at five of the best own goals in recent history.

Tony Popovic - Crystal Palace vs Portsmouth

James Collins - West Ham vs Manchester City

Djimi Traore - Liverpool vs Burnley

Peter Enckleman - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City

Santiago Vergini - Sunderland vs Southampton

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