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Today I came across a snippet on Wikipedia about the 1994 Caribbean Cup:

There was an unusual match between Barbados and Grenada.
Grenada went into the match with a superior goal difference, meaning that Barbados needed to win by two goals to progress to the finals. The trouble was caused by two things. First, unlike most group stages in football competitions, the organizers had deemed that all games must have a winner. All games drawn over 90 minutes would go to sudden death extra time. Secondly and most importantly, there was an unusual rule which stated that in the event of a game going to sudden death extra time the goal would count double, meaning that the winner would be awarded a two goal victory.
Barbados was leading 2-0 until the 83rd minute, when Grenada scored, making it 2-1. Approaching the dying moments, the Barbadians realized they had little chance of scoring past Grenada's mass defense in the time available, so they deliberately scored an own goal to tie the game at 2-2. This would send the game into extra time and give them another half hour to break down the defense. The Grenadians realized what was happening and attempted to score an own goal as well, which would put Barbados back in front by one goal and would eliminate Barbados from the competition.
However, the Barbados players started defending their opposition's goal to prevent them from doing this, and during the game's last five minutes, the fans were treated to the incredible sight of Grenada trying to score in either goal while Barbados defended both ends of the pitch. Barbados successfully held off Grenada for the final five minutes, sending the game into extra time. In extra time, Barbados notched the game-winner, and, according to the rules, was awarded a 4-2 victory, which put them through to the next round.


This reminded me of the 1998 Tiger Cup match in which neither Thailand or Indonesia wanted to win their final group match as the winner would play Vietnam in the semi-finals and the loser would face Singapore. The match was settled by a last minute deliberate own goal by the Indonesians

Anyone know of any similar efforts at deliberately scoring own goals?


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Barbados v Grenada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThpYsN-4p7w


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There was also the famous match in Madagascar in 2002 when SOE Antananarivo scored 149 own goals in favour of AS Adema. This was in protest at a refereeing decision.

Incidentally, in the Thailand - Indonesia game, both teams were fined US$40,000, and Mursyid Effendi who scored the own goal, gifting the game to Thailand was banned from all football for a year, and international football for life. Both Thailand and Indonesia lost their semi-final games



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Mick Harford apparently for Derby v Luton in 1991

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of--_3rkMQw


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Don't remember it at the time but I think if it were to happen today then Derby would be in serious trouble with the FL / FA.

 
 


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