An Own goal that sent Andrés Escobar to the grave

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Who would have thought an own goal in a football game will send a footballer player to his grave?

If every fan reacted like the Colombian’s did when the ended Escobar’s life the most of the players would have quit football.

Football stars in recent time have mistakenly scored an own goal which got their team out of a prestigious tournament.

Andres Escobar met with his fate after he mistakenly put the ball in the back of his own net in a FIFA world cup tournament.

Who was Andrés Escobar?

Andrés Escobar Saldarriaga was born on the 13th of March 1967 – 2 July 1994 was a Colombian footballer who played as a defender. He played for Atlético Nacional, BSC Young Boys, and the Colombia national team. Nicknamed The Gentleman, he was known for his clean style of play and calmness on the pitch.

Andrés Escobar career.

An Own goal that sent Andrés Escobar to the grave

Escobar was a defender throughout his career. His jersey number was 2, and he was known by the nicknames “El Caballero del Fútbol” (“The Gentleman of Football”) and “The Immortal Number 2”. In his club career, he played for Colombian club Atlético Nacional and Swiss club Young Boys. He helped Nacional to win the 1989 Copa Libertadores.

Prior to the 1994 World Cup, Escobar was reported to have been offered a contract by A.C. Milan.

International career

Andrés Escobar made his debut for the Colombia national team on 30 March 1988, in a 3–0 victory against Canada. His first appearance in an international competition took place at the 1988 Rous Cup, where he also scored the only goal of his career in a 1–1 draw against England.

He played four matches at the 1989 Copa América when he was 22 years old. The team was eliminated in the first round of the tournament. The same year he also played at the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification.

The team was the winner of Group 2, but had to play the Intercontinental Play-off since it had the worst record among the group winners. Colombia won 1–0 on aggregate and qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Escobar played all the matches during the World Cup. The team reached the Round of 16 where it was eliminated with a 2–1 defeat against Cameroon.

Escobar was called up for the 1991 Copa América squad, where he made seven appearances. He did not participate in any games of the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification, but he was called up for the World Cup.

Own goal incident

An Own goal that sent Andrés Escobar to the grave

Escobar’s own goal occurred in Colombia’s second group match against the United States during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Stretching to block a cross from American midfielder John Harkes, he inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net. The United States took a 1–0 lead and ended up winning 2–1.

Andrés Escobar subsequent murder

After the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Escobar decided to return to Colombia instead of visiting relatives in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the evening of 1 July 1994, five days after the elimination of Colombia from the World Cup, Escobar called his friends, and they went to a bar in the El Poblado neighbourhood in Medellín. Then they went to a liquor store.

Shortly afterwards, they arrived at the El Indio nightclub. His friends split up. At approximately 3:00 the next morning, Escobar was alone in the parking lot of El Indio, in his car, when three men appeared. They began arguing with him. Two of the men took out handguns. Escobar was shot six times with a .38 calibre pistol.

It was reported that the killer shouted “¡Gol!” (“Goal!”) after every shot, once for each time the South American football commentator said it during the broadcast. The group then drove away in a Toyota pick-up truck, leaving Escobar to bleed to death. Escobar was taken to the hospital where he died 45 minutes later.

Though football deals with emotion but not to the extent of ending someone’s life for a slight mistake.

 

 

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