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Euro 2020: Szczesny scores historic own goal

Euro 2020: Twitter reacts as Szczesny sets unwanted record with own goal in Poland vs Slovakia

June 14, 2021 By Ali M.
The Polish goalkeeper was unfortunately the one to break the deadlock as his first-half error saw them concede after 18 minutes.

Poland and Slovakia locked horns in the first of two Group E showdowns, with Spain vs Sweden being the latter tie. Given that La Furia Roja are seen as the favorites to win the group, it's a toss between the three other nations as to who will finish as runners-up and secure automatic qualification to the last 16.

Biało-czerwoni, led by Robert Lewandowski, looked to kick start their Euro 2020 campaign with a victory, but after only 18 minutes of play, they found themselves 1-0 down after conceding from an unlikely player: Wojciech Szczesny.

Yes, Poland went a goal down after conceding an own goal. After receiving the ball, Slovak winger Róbert Mak managed to turn and dribble past two opposition players thanks to a brilliant solo run before getting a shot off, which resulted in Szczesny's near-post error.

Thanks to that blunder, the Juventus shot-stopper wrote his name in the history books, but for all the wrong reasons, becoming the first goalkeeper in European Championship history to score an own goal. Watch the unlucky moment in the videos below (geo-restrictions apply).

Fans flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on the 31-year-old's error, with many pointing out the fact that the only two players who have scored own goals so far in the tournament are from Juventus – Szczesny vs Slovakia and Demiral vs Italy on the opening day. Check out the best tweet below.

Lewandowski and Co. managed to equalize straight after the break thanks to a goal from Karol Linetty. However, things were made complicated by Krychowiak's sending off in the 62nd minute, with Poland going on to lose the game 2-1 as a result. 

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