Chelsea vs Leicester: Disasi Scores Bizarre Own Goal in FA Cup Clash, Breaks 17 Year Unwanted Record

Chelsea vs Leicester: Disasi Scores Bizarre Own Goal in FA Cup Clash, Breaks 17 Year Unwanted Record

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 17, 2024 at 2:41 PM
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  • Axel Disasi scored a nightmarish own goal on Sunday
  • Despite his misfortune, Chelsea beat Leicester City 4-2
  • The Blues are now in the semi-finals of the FA Cup

Axel Disasi made an unfortunate mark in the history books during Chelsea's FA Cup match against Leicester City but for all the wrong reasons.

The defender inadvertently scored an own goal from nearly the halfway line, handing Leicester an unexpected lifeline in their quest for a semi-final berth at Wembley.

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Chelsea's Axel Disasi helplessly watched as the ball flew past Robert Sanchez in goal for Chelsea. Photo by Alex Pantling.
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Despite Marc Cucurella opening the scoring for Chelsea in the 13th minute and Cole Palmer doubling their lead just before halftime, Disasi's bizarre own goal was a significant setback.

It marked the first time a Chelsea player had scored an own goal since 2007.

According to Opta Statistics, the Frenchman became the first Chelsea player to score against his own team in an FA Cup game since Michael Essien's own goal against Tottenham in the 2007 quarter-final.

How Disasi scored his disastrous own goal?

Disasi inadvertently redirected the ball into his own net, reigniting the Foxes' momentum in the match.

The 26-year-old defender received a throw-in from Malo Gusto and, under pressure from Patson Daka, retreated towards his own goal.

Hastily trying to pass back to Robert Sanchez, Disasi inadvertently curled the ball into his own net.

What happened next?

After Disasi's unfortunate own goal, the Championship leaders quickly equalised with Stephen Mavididi's strike in the 62nd minute.

However, substitute Carney Chukwuemeka's late goal spared Chelsea from the potential embarrassment of extra time.

Noni Madueke then added Chelsea's fourth goal, ensuring that the frustrated fans who booed Pochettino in the second half were silenced, at least temporarily, as the Blues secured a 4-2 victory against 10-man Leicester, as noted by the Telegraph.

Disasi among PL stars omitted from national teams

Sports Brief examines the top six players left out of the national team in March, with Chelsea's Axel Disasi among them.

While Arsenal's Ben White has garnered significant attention for declining England's call-up for the March friendlies against Belgium and Brazil, Disasi's omission is noteworthy as well.

Having been a consistent presence for Chelsea this season, the Frenchman has served as a defensive stalwart in the absence of Thiago Silva and earned a call-up in October due to injuries to Jules Kounde and Dayot Upamecano.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.