'One of the worst ever': Keeper goes viral with 'inexplicable' own goal

The football world has gone nuts over what could be the worst goalkeeper blunder in recent memory.

New York City FC traveled to Minnesota United for a 3-3 MLS draw on Saturday, the opening match at their new Allianz Field.

However the match will be remembered for NYC keeper Sean Johnson’s horror own goal.

How is this even possible? Image: ESPN

Johnson gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead when the New York defence played the ball back towards him, only for him to somehow re-direct it back into his own net.

Fans and commentators couldn’t believe their eyes.







Very costly

The blunder turned a 3-2 win into a 3-3 draw, which for NYCFC (0-1-5, 5 points) was the fifth draw in six games as the team has yet to win a game.

Trailing 3-2 at the break, NYCFC drew even in the 64th minute when Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored his second goal of the game, this off a free kick.

The kick came from the right side of the field and the curving shot found its way through five Minnesota defensive players before getting past goalie Vito Mannone to make it 3-3.

The first half was thrilling, as the two teams went back and forth, at one point scoring four goals in an eight-minute span.

Sean Johnson in action. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Osvaldo Alonso scored the first goal for Minnesota in the new stadium when he volleyed home a shot from 12 yards out in the 13th minute for the 1-0 lead.

NYCFC drew even three minutes later when a bad giveaway from the Minnesota backline gave the ball to Tajouri-Shradi, who found a breaking Valentin Castellanos. Castellanos put it home, making it 1-1.

Two minutes after that, Tajouri-Shradi gave New York the 2-1 lead when he knocked home a rebound of his own shot from 8 yards out.

Not daunted by allowing the two quick goals, Minnesota tied it 2-2 when Angelo Rodriguez headed home a cross from Ethan Finlay in the 20st minute.

with Reuters