FIFA World Cup 2018 is halfway in the tournament and the exits of Germany, Argentina, Portugal, and Spain have shocked fans across the globe. As much as these shock knock-outs have made to the news, the count of own goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup has hit the headlines too! In the ongoing football World Cup in Russia, the players have scored the most number of own goals, i.e. 10. The tournament has eclipsed the record which was last recorded during the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
In the match between Spain and Russia, on July 1, Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich scored an own goal giving Spain a lead in their pre-quarterfinal match. However, the Spanish side lost the match after the scores were tied 1-1 after extra time and, eventually, the Russian team won it by 4-3 in the penalty shootout.
Talking about the most number of own goals, the second best in the list is 1998 World Cup in France. The previous edition of FIFA World Cup, in 2014 in Brazil, is third on the list of most number of own goals. We take a look at the list of World Cups in context of own goals scored.
List of Highest Own Goals Scored in FIFA World Cups in Football History:
|Sr. No.||World Cup Edition||Number of Own Goals||Hosts|
|1.||2018 FIFA World Cup*||10||Russia|
|2.||1998 FIFA World Cup||6||France|
|3.||2014 FIFA World Cup||5||Brazil|
|4.||2006 FIFA World Cup||4||Germany|
|1954 FIFA World Cup||4||Switzerland|
|5.||1974 FIFA World Cup||3||West Germany|
|1978 FIFA World Cup||3||Argentina|
|2002 FIFA World Cup||3||South Korea and Japan|
|(*) indicates tournament is not completed.|
The only FIFA World Cup tournaments that did not see any own goal being scored are 1934 (in Italy), 1958 (in Sweden), 1962 (in Chile), and 1990 (in Italy). The record of the most number of own goal scored lies with the Mexico team. The team which has benefited most from the opponents’ own goals is France, with five goals in their favour overall.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is already on the top of the list with 12 matches still left to be played. We wonder if we have seen our quota of own goals scored in this tournament this there are plenty more to come! Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates and news about the FIFA World Cup 2018!