Young Boys" own goal v Liverpool – Some of the best ever

After Young Boys' hilarious own goal against Liverpool, here's Sportsmail's look at some of the best (or worst) ever…



21:24 GMT, 20 September 2012

It all started so well for Liverpool on Thursday night when Young Boys made a comical mistake (a schoolboy error, some might say) and scored an own goal.

And what an own goal it was, Christoph Spycher firing his attempted clearing header straight into Juhani Ojala, the ball shooting off into the back of the net.

It prompted Sportsmail to take a look back at some of the classic own goals which still provoke the heartiest laughs… and groans.

Gift: Christoph Spycher heads the ball against Juhani Ojala (left) to score an own goal

Gift: Christoph Spycher heads the ball against Juhani Ojala (left) to score an own goal

John Arne Riise

With Liverpool on the brink of taking a 1-0 Champions League semi-final lead back to Stamford Bridge, up popped the flame-haired Norwegian to even the score, beating his own keeper Pepe Reina with a classy finish. In the 94th minute. It finished 1-1 and Chelsea won the second leg 3-1.

Peter Enckelman

In the first Birmingham derby since the Blues won promotion to the Premier League in 2002, Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman carved his name into Brummie folklore with a howler of epic proportions.

With City winning 1-0, captain Olof Mellberg harmlessly chucked Enckelman the ball from a throw-in. The young stopper misjudged the slowly-rolling ball, which ran under his foot and into the net. Birmingham won 3-0.

Lee Dixon

Full-back Lee Dixon made a mockery of Arsenal's famously tight defence in the early 1990s when he lobbed team-mate David Seaman from distance to send opponents Coventry on their way to victory against George Graham's side.

Iain Dowie

Iain Dowie ended a worrying goal drought during his time at West Ham with a perfectly-executed header past Ludek Miklosko which even his own fans must have been tempted to applaud. Dowie's equaliser for Stockport helped them on their way to a 2-1 win in 1996.

Djimi Traore

Rafael Benitez's first FA Cup tie as Liverpool boss ended in humiliating defeat at Burnley in 2005 after French defender Traore performed a perfect pirouette in the six-yard box, comically dragging the ball into his own net with his heel as he twirled to hand victory to the Coca-Cola Championship club.

Jamie Pollock

An own goal that would have been one of the goals of the season had it been scored at the other end. Playing against QPR in 1998, Manchester City defender Pollock flicked the ball over an opponent's head before trying to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was in no man's land and could only watch as the ball sailed into the net.

Chris Brass

Probably the funniest own goal ever scored came from Bury's Chris Brass, whose attempted clearance against Darlington in 2006 hit his own face and careered into the net. To add injury to insult, Brass suffered a broken nose in the process. However, Bury did come back to win late on.


OFI Kreta's Mirnes Sisic launched the ball miles into the night sky – directly above his head, only for it to fall back down into the net past the flapping keeper. The opponents Panionios scored an own goal to level it out later on, before ANOTHER own goal was scored by Kreta to throw the game away.