We are almost at the brink of finishing the round 1 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. So far in the mega event, Morocco, Australia, Nigeria, Poland and Egypt have scored own goals and with this, we are just one goal away from the record for ‘Most Own Goals’. In the 17 games of the FIFA World Cup, the teams have scored 5 own goals.
In 1998, the record was 6. So far in the World Cup history, 46 own goals have been scored and 36 have come from the Group stages. This picture below shows the highest goal scorer of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo and Denis Chershev have scored 3 goals each. Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Artem Dzyuba have scored 2 goals each.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 19, 2018
Check out the 5 occasion where the teams scored own goals.
Iran vs Morocco, June 15
Moroccan forward Aziz Bouhaddouz was the first one to score an own goal against Iran on June 15. With this, Iran clinched the contest by 1-0 and it was their second victory in the World Cup history.
France vs Australia, June 16
Australia too joined the bandwagon by scoring an own goal against France on June 16. While trying to tackle Paul Pogba, Aziz Behich scored an own goal. France won the game by 2-1.
Croatia vs Nigeria, June 16
On the same day, Nigerian mid-fielder Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal against Croatia as he turned Luka Modric’s corner into the net. Croatia won the game by 2-0.
Senegal vs Poland, June 19
It was Poland’s team to bear the brunt this time. Thiago Cionek scored an own goal as after Senegalese mid-fielder Idrissa Gueye's shot took a huge deflection off the defender. Senegal won the game by 2-1.
Russia vs Egypt, June 19
This time it was mid-fielder Ahmed Fatehi who helped Russia get a goal by scoring an own goal. Even Mohamed Salah’s goal could not save the team and Russia won the match by 3-1.