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Why there have been so many own goals at the Euros – from tiredness to lazy defending

July 02, 2021

July 2, 2021 3:53 pm(Updated 3:54 pm)

Before Euro 2020, only nine own goals had ever been scored in the European Championship.

The first came in 1976, when Czechoslovakia’s Anton Ondrus put through his own net in a semi-final against the Netherlands in Belgrade.

We then waited another 20 years before Lyuboslav Penev did likewise for Bulgaria against France. Northern Irelan’s Gareth McAuley was the last man to add his name to the list in 2016. What started as a trickle, though, has turned into a Europe-wide flood.

With nine so far in Euro 2020, what on earth is going on? i caught up with some leading figures from across football in a bid to find out.

Georges Leekens (Two-time Belgium manager)

There is a lot of stress in this tournament. Too many defenders are focusing only on the ball, not on what is behind them, or what is going on around them. There have been too many stupid own goals. But this is about stress, it’s about pressure, it’s about reacting to a situation.

I don’t know, maybe defenders aren’t talking to each other enough, maybe this is about communication too. We see a lot of composed defenders bringing the ball out of defence.

Maybe they’re so determined to play football the right way that they’re losing some of the basic arts of defending.

Erik Thorsvedt (Former Norway and Spurs goalkeeper)

Tiredness has to be a factor. You see in any tournament that players who have had a lot of football over the past nine months are fatigued going into a World Cup or a European Championships, but if you look at the number of games these guys have played then it must be a huge factor.

As a goalkeeper, then what happened to Spain’s Unai Simon on Monday is your worst nightmare. I remember scoring an OG at Palace once, it’s something that stays with you. Mind you, it’s not Simon’s goal, so he probably owes Pedri a drink.

Mark Burton (John Stones’s former academy coach at Barnsley)

There have been some weird ones. One where a keeper punches it in after losing his bearings, that can happen. But we’re seeing more intricate play in the final third. Balls aren’t just being whipped in, teams are getting down the side and getting the ball into dangerous areas.

Look at Luke Shaw’s cross for that second goal on Tuesday, he’s crossing that from inside the box. If that comes in, then as a defender you don’t have time to adjust. That’s why Ruben Dias scored his OG against Germany, Muller missed it and he had no choice but to get a foot on it.

Some days you’ll get it over the bar, other days it just flies in. I think using your keepers more as an extra defender could also be a factor.

Tyler Heaps (Head of sporting technology and insights at Monaco)

If you look at each one and how they’ve occurred, many have come from “dangerous areas” on the pitch. At AS Monaco over the last season, we looked at where and how goals were most often scored and key areas to shoot/cross from to apply in our game model.

Four of the own goals (in Euro 2020) have come from these high assist zones and were crosses hit with pace that are difficult to defend, one came from a deflected shot inside 12 yards, two came from the first or second phase of set pieces and two (from Slovakia and Spain) were very random.

When teams are defending in a low block and having to deal with more services on a regular basis from a tactical standpoint, there are more chances for mistakes and difficult situations, which I think we’ve seen this summer.

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Why have there been so many own goals at the Euros? The bizarre … Fri, 02 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100-We bring you all the Euro 2020 top scorers as the competition heats up. Can Raheem Sterling, Romelu Lukaku or Patrik Schick beat Cristiano Ronaldo?

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Euro 2020 top scorers | Who will win the Euros Golden Boot?

Euro 2020 top scorers are jostling for position going into the final games of the tournament with a close-run battle developing at the top of the tree.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrik Schick, Romelu Lukaku and England superstar Raheem Sterling are all engaged in the fight for the Golden Boot in 2021.

Each player has a maximum of three games to boost their tally, though several players will inevitably fall away in the quarter-finals and semi-finals as their teams are eliminated from proceedings.

Ronaldo has set the bar with a strong showing in his four Euro 2020 games but he can no longer build on his tally following Portugal’s early exit from the tournament in the Round of 16.

The final week of matches are set to produce an abundance of fireworks for many different reasons, but the top scorers battle is certainly one to keep an eye on given the open nature of the contest this year.

RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about the Euro 2020 top scorers and who needs to step up to win the Golden Boot in 2021.

Euro 2020 top scorers

The battle is wide open for top scorer at the Euros this year with four of the top five contenders all knocked out of the tournament and unable to boost their tallies.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the out-and-out leader with three penalties helping to boost his tally during a superb individual tournament from him.

European heavweights Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski are also out of the running due to France and Poland respectively being eliminated.

Czech superstar Patrik Schick is leading the way after two goals against Scotland put him on track, but he is likely to come under increasing pressure this week from the likes of Raheem Sterling and Romelu Lukaku.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo* (Portugal) – 5 goals, 1 assist
  2. Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) – 4 goals, 0 assists
  3. Karim Benzema* (France) – 4 goals, 0 assists
  4. Emil Forsberg* (Sweden) – 4 goals, 0 assists
  5. Robert Lewandowski* (Poland) – 3 goals, 0 assists
  6. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) – 3 goals, 0 assists
  7. Raheem Sterling (England) – 3 goals, 0 assists
  8. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 3 goals, 0 assists
  9. Gini Wijnaldum* (Netherlands) – 3 goals, 0 assists
  10. Pablo Sarabia (Spain) – 2 goals, 2 assists

* – denotes players who have been eliminated from the tournament.

Euro 2020 top scorer odds

In working partnership with the Radio Times, bet365 has provided the following betting odds for the Euro 2020 top scorers: bet365

Cristiano Ronaldo* (Portugal) – 11/8

Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) – 4/1

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 6/1

Raheem Sterling (England) – 7/1

Ciro Immobile (Italy) – 22/1

Harry Kane (England) – 28/1

Alvaro Morata (Spain) – 33/1

Ferran Torres (Spain) – 66/1

Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) – 66/1

Kasper Dolberg (Denmark) – 80/1

For all the latest Euro 2020 odds and more, visit bet365 today and claim an opening account offer of ‘Up to £100 in Bet Credits**’, utilising the bonus code ‘RT365’.

*Odds subject to change. 18+. T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.org. Note – The bonus code RT365 does not change the offer amount in any way.

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