“One of the strangest goals you’re ever likely to see in a major tournament, or even in a normal game,” ESPN announcer Derek Rae said.
Spain and Simón would recover: The goalkeeper made a number of stellar saves in an eventful 5-3 extra-time win that saw Croatia score twice after the 85th minute to tie the score at 3 and Spain answer with two goals in three minutes during extra time.
Spain will face Switzerland, which upset France, in the quarterfinals Friday.
There have been nine own goals in Euro 2020 group play and the early portion of the knockout round, which equals the number of own goals previously seen in the tournament’s entire history entering this year. Four of the own goals this year have been credited to goalkeepers. Spain now has been involved in three of the own goals; it also got two from Slovakia in the group-stage finale Wednesday.
Here they are, in all their shameful glory. Somebody cue up the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” theme music.
June 11: Turkey’s Merih Demiral vs. Italy
June 14: Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny vs. Slovakia
June 15: Germany’s Mats Hummels vs. France
June 19: Portugal’s Rúben Dias vs. Germany
June 19: Portugal’s Raphaël Guerreiro vs. Germany
June 21: Finland’s Lukas Hradecky vs. Belgium
June 23: Slovakia’s Martin Dubravka vs. Spain
June 23: Slovakia’s Juraj Kucka vs. Spain