Though freak goals scored by a goalkeeper making a clearance from his own end of the pitch aren’t unheard of (remember Paul Robinson for Tottenham v Watford many moons ago?), they never, ever, get dull.
The latest entry into the sub-genre came on Sunday from South Korea’s K-League.
With five minutes remaining before half-time, Incheon United keeper Jung-Hyuk Kwon launched the ball forward from just outside his own box in the K-League Classic contest against Juju United.
The 34-year-old could not believe his eyes when the ball bounced just outside the opposite penalty box, over opposite number Jun-Hyuk Park and in for 1-0.
Then again, nor could anyone else in the stadium.
Juju would equalise with 20 minutes to go for what ultimately ended as a 1-1 stalemate, but the game’s headline had already been written.
- Sports & Recreation