Own it up! FIFA World Cup 2018 racing fast to touch this freak record

So far five own goals have been scored in 17 matches at the FIFA World Cup 2018. The same number of own goals was scored overall, i.e. in 64 games, at the 2014 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has been a story of upsets. And it has not always been about smaller teams punching above their weight against start-studded sides.

Some have hurt those individuals, who have committed it after all. What started as a freak incident on the grandest stage of world football, when Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz scored a 95th-minute own goal against Iran in a Group B match on June 15, is slowly turning out to have numerous victims.

So far, including Bouhaddouz’s, five own goals have been scored in 17 matches at the 2018 edition of the World Cup. Compare this with the 2014 edition, where the same number of own goals was scored overall, i.e. in 64 games!

The highest number own goals in a single edition happened in 1998 World Cup in France. Six own goals were scored then, and it looks like that record is very likely to be broken this time around.

Own goals in FIFA World Cup 2018 are:

Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco (FT Morocco 0-1 Iran, June 15)

Aziz Behich of Australia (FT Australia 1-2 France, June 16)

Oghenekaro Etebo of Nigeria (FT Nigeria 0-2 Croatia, June 16)

Thiago Cionek of Poland (FT Poland 1-2 Senegal, June 19)

Ahmed Fathy of Egypt (FT Russia 3 -1 Egypt, June 19)