Furthermore, we’ve seen Vidal score a lot of great goals, so his clinical finish of a Paraguay free kick beyond his backstop is almost impossible for a brain to process.
If Paraguay holds on to beat Chile — it’s halftime as of this post’s time — Los Guaraníes will be within two points of their Thursday hosts and closer to moving into the all-important Top Five in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Colombian goalkeeper Wanerge Delgado, who plays for Bolivian side Club Aurora, is the unlucky culprit of this spectacular own goal.
As the ball makes its way into Aurora’s penalty area, a Sportivo Luqueño (Paraguay) player whips the ball into the Delgado’s six-yard box. Delgado comes out strong and uses both hands to punch the ball away, but ends up hitting a Luqueño right in the face at close range. The ball then bounds more than 20 feet into the air in the general direction of goal.
Delgado, beginning to panic at this point, hurriedly sprints toward his own goal line, where he’s able to make the catch just before it crosses the plane. Only he drops the ball as his momentum carries him into his own goal.