The world wants Laura Bassett to know that her own goal is nothing to be ashamed of…


There have been few times sports have been as cruel as soccer was to Laura Bassett on Wednesday.

The stalwart England defender, her team riding a wave of national momentum into the World Cup semis, found herself the cause of a stoppage time own goal, one that sent Japan onto the final.

[ MATCH REPORT: England 1-2 Japan ]

Bassett thrust her leg out to prevent a cross from getting to its destination, and instead directed the ball off the crossbar and over the line. England, almost surely, was sunk. Moments later, they were out of the tournament.

A dejected Bassett crumpled to a heap, inconsolable.

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Nevertheless, the world tried, via Twitter.

From Brandi Chastain and Jeb Brovsky to total strangers from England and beyond, my goodness, people tried. With #proudofBassett and #TrueLionesses hashtags to boot.

And finally, for a laugh…