Sparta Rotterdam Striker Stijn Spierings Scores One Of The Greatest Own Goals Of All Time

There has been some incredible and downright perplexing own goals over the years, but this one quite possibly tops the lot.

Just picture the scene...

It’s the 89th minute in a crunch Eredivisie relegation/promotion play-off between Dordrecht and Sparta Rotterdam.

Sparta Rotterdam are leading 1-0, courtesy of a 10th minute goal from Loris Brogno, meaning they are minutes away from a pivotal win which would take the club into the Eredivisie play-off finals.

Their striker, Stijn Spierings, then steps up and smashes home a 40-year screamer to send the fans into raptures.

The problem is, the stunning strike was rocketed in the wrong net, and it’s the opposing supporters who are on their feet in jubilation at the astonishing own goal, which has to go down as one of the greatest in the history of the beautiful game.

Spierings, 40-yards from his own goal, attempts to tackle an opposing Dordrecht player, but he somehow got his calculations all wrong, as he stormed in and took a huge strike at the ball, which subsequently rocketed all the way into his own net, past his keeper Roy Kortsmit.

It was a complete howler from Spierings but bizarrely shot-stopper Kortsmit tried to stop the ball with his head, as opposed to his hands.

What a clanger. If he'd daved the ball with his hands it would have resulted into an in-direct free-kick, as opposed to a goal.

However, in a dramatic twist both of Spierings and Kortsmit's blushes were then saved, as their teammate Robert Muhren went down the other end and grabbed a last-gasp winner in injury time!

Absolutely astonishing.

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