Euro 2021: The Eurocup of the own goals

In the absence of a match, in this tournament there are more own goals (11) than in the rest of the editions together (9).

Kjaer scored an own goal against EnglandJUSTIN TALLISAFP
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The first game of this European Championship, on June 11, served as a spoiler for what was going to happen this month. The tournament started with the Turk Merih Demiral beating their goalkeeper, scoring the first of the three goals with which the finalist Italy signed its triumphant start. In nine of the 15 previous editions, no own goal was recorded and in 2020 that milestone was reached in the opening match.

Ten more were to arrive later, with Kjaer closing for now the account in the England-Denmark semifinals. In total, therefore, in this Euro they have been marked 11 own goals, a record that exceeds that of the rest of the editions … together. Portugal (2), Slovakia (2), Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey are the nine teams that have hurt themselves, more than a third of the 24 that have participated.

Between 1960 and 2016, only nine own goals were recorded. The first of them was from Czechoslovakian Anton Ondrus in the 1976 semi-final against the Netherlands. It took 20 years to see the second, the work of the Bulgarian Luboslav Penev against France, in 1996. Since then, there was one in the editions of 2000 and 2012, two in 2004 and three in 2016, a record so far. None Spanish, by the way. And although it is true that many more games are played now than in the first European Cups, the disproportion is still evident. 50 games have been played this month – as in 2016 – the same as between 1960 and 1984, but in all of them only one own goal was scored in total. In the first four editions, in fact, there were none.

These 11 rations of friendly fire have allowed the Euro to reach historic milestones. The Polish Szczesny became the first goalkeeper to beat himself in this tournament, something that later the Finn did as well. Hradecky and the Slovak Dubravka. This information requires the asterisk that in the past it was tended to award such goals to the spiker and not to the goalkeeper.

Two goals in one match

It has also been lived for the first time a match with two own goals: The Portuguese Rben Dias and Guerreiro against Germany and the Slovaks Dubravka and Kucka against Spain, in both cases during the first phase of the tournament. It is also the first time that a team (in this case two) has scored more than one own goal in a tournament. Spain is the team that has benefited from the most goals in their own hands (three), although they also fattened the global statistics with that fatal pass behind Pedri to Simon against Croatia in the second round.

Now, have there been many own goals in this edition or how weird was the previous tournaments? The data shows that the usual in football is for the proportion of own goals to be 2-3%, while this time it has been 7.86%, about triple the usual. This phenomenon also occurs in the highest-scoring European Championship in history, both in absolute terms (140) and relative (2.8 per game, surpassing the 2.12 in 2016). Not adding the goals of the two pichichis, Cristiano Ronaldo and Schick (five each) reach those 11 goals. And there is still one match left.