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RIP: See How A Footballer Was Killed 26 Yrs Ago For Scoring An Own Goal

Let's pay some respect to a talented footballer, Andres Escobar, who lost his life tragically 26 years ago because he mistakenly scored an own goal. On the 2nd of July, 1994, the world of soccer was sent into grief after Andres Escobar, a renowned Colombian footballer was assassinated in his country because he scored an own goal.

Andres Escobar was a Colombian football player who played as a defender for Atletico Nacional and the Colombian national football team. He was nicknamed "The Gentleman", due to his calmness and fair play on the pitch.


Andres Escobar was born on the 13th of March, 1967 and he indulged in sports while in school before he became a professional player. During the 1994 FIFA World Cup match between his country Colombia and America, he stretched to block a crossing from John Harkes, an American midfielder. But he unfortunately deflected the ball into his own goal post.


This move resulted in an own goal and America was leading 1-0 against Colombia. Finally, the match ended as a 2-1 win for USA. This loss resulted in Colombia's elimination from the 1994 World Cup. Andres visited his country 5 days after the match where he met his untimely death.

He was ambushed and shot six times and left to bleed to death. It was later discovered that the men who shot him were members of a drug cartel whom their boss lost a lot of money in a bet, which was caused by that own goal. The shooter was later apprehended and sentenced to 36 years imprisonment. Andres burial saw the attendance of over 120,000 persons and a statue was built in his honour.

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