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Hamburg Goalkeeper Smashes Ball Into His Own Net During Clash Against St. Pauli
- Hamburg goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes netted an insane own goal last Friday
- The 31-year-old goalkeeper forcefully directed the ball into his own net during the derby clash
- Hmaburg fought back to draw 2-2 against their arch rivals
Hamburg goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes has gone viral for scoring what some are calling the 'greatest own goal ever' after forcefully propelling the ball into his own net during a Bundesliga second division derby clash.
Fernandes was culpable for the second goal in the derby, which gave St. Pauli a two-goal advantage in Friday's Bundesliga 2 match.
Social media has swiftly responded by ridiculing this bizarre moment. Typically, own goals by goalkeepers result from misjudged saves or the ball rebounding off the woodwork and inadvertently going in, but Fernandes' own goal didn't involve such an error.
A lapse in defensive play by Hamburg's central defenders forced Fernandes into a hurried attempt to return to his goal-line following a sloppy back-pass, per Skysports.
The 31-year-old proceeded to forcefully drive the ball into his own net, delivering a finish that Hamburg's strikers might have envied if it had been at the opposite end of the pitch.
The ball bounced unpredictably across the Millerntor-Stadion surface before the goalkeeper struck it forcefully, inadvertently directing it into the back of his own net.
His clearance attempt surprised both sets of supporters and his own teammates.
Hamburg, St. Pauli share the spoils
St. Pauli had already taken the lead with a goal from former Hull forward Jackson Irvine in the 15th minute, GOAL reported.
Fernandes' stunning mistake further extended their advantage in the 27th minute. Despite this setback, Hamburg mounted a comeback, with Robert Glatzel narrowing the deficit in the 58th minute and Immanuel Pherai equalising just two minutes later, securing a point for Hamburg in the derby.
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