Faes joins unlucky club of players with two own goals

30 Dec 2022
Wout Faes own goal

Belgian becomes fourth man to get a dreaded double in the same match

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At Anfield on Friday night, Wout Faes reluctantly joined a club that all Premier League players want to avoid.

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The unfortunate Belgian became the fourth man in the competition's history to score two own goals in a single match.

Leicester City were leading 1-0 when Faes stretched to reach Trent Alexander-Arnold's 38th-minute cross at the near post and deflected the ball up and over his helpless goalkeeper Danny Ward.

Just seven minutes later, Faes was again in the wrong place at the wrong time as Darwin Nunez's shot bounced back off a post, hit him and went into the net.

The unfortunate double gifted Liverpool a narrow victory, but while it matched a league record, it was not the shortest period between two own goals.

That unfortunate honour goes to Michael Proctor, who found his own net in the 29th and 32nd minutes for Sunderland against Charlton Athletic in 2002/03.

Jamie Carragher was the first to score two own goals in a Premier League match, in 1999/2000, with the added insult that it was against Liverpool's arch-rivals Manchester United.

Jonathan Walters had an even worse outing for Stoke City at home to Chelsea in 2012/13, twice putting the ball into his own net before also missing a penalty.

Of the eight own goals scored in those matches, seven have come in the first half, with the exception being Walters' second.

While he may now have a couple of sleepless nights, Faes can console himself with the fact that he is not alone, and that he avoided becoming the first player to complete the dreaded hat-trick.

That will be scant consolation for one Fantasy Premier League manager, who used his Triple Captain chip on Faes and got a score of -12.

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