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The ‘Own Goal of the Year’ was scored in Italy on Thursday

We don't know whether to laugh or cry

Talk about a ‘head in hands moment.’

As we come towards the end of the year, inevitably people are ranking their best players, goals, and saves from the past 12 months.

While the for-mentioned awards are all open for debate, surely the ‘Worst Own Goal of the Year’ has been won with just four days of the calendar year left.


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A picture says a thousand words

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A picture says a thousand words

Ascoli’s goalkeeper, Filippo Perucchini, is the unfortunate winner of this accolade following a stinker against Palermo in Serie B.

The Italian keeper came through the ranks at AC Milan, although he never managed a senior game for the Black and Reds during his five years at the club.

It is clear to see why the 27-year-old never made that debut for Milan after seeing his absolute shocker on Thursday evening.

He knows he got it horribly wrong…

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He knows he got it horribly wrong…

Perucchini receives a standard back pass and appears to have all the time in the world to deal with it…

After a slightly lose first touch, the keeper can surely still get rid without egg on his face, right?

What follows is the egg covering of a millennia, let alone the year.

During the Boxing Day fixtures in the Premier League, Martin Tyler claimed it was equally important for goalkeepers to be as good with their feet as they are with their hands.

A bold statement we thought at the time, although – after watching this – he might just have a point.

While it isn’t a basic requirement to be able to Cruyff turn defenders when you are recruiting a new goalkeeper, there are times it certainly helps.

Liverpool keeper Alisson made a similar error earlier in the year

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Liverpool keeper Alisson made a similar error earlier in the year

Palermo were the benefactors from this horror show and ended up winning the game 3-0, a result which took them three points clear in Italy’s Second Division.

It was while the score was 0-0 that the Italian keeper got his bearings all wrong and lost control of the ball.

With the composure of Alvaro Morata clean through on goal, Perucchini then hastily turns, only to toe-poke the ball over the line and beyond his reach.

Devastating stuff.


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