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Must watch goal, save highlight amazing Opening Weekend

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Short of being someone who simply prefer a great goal to an amazing save, choosing between these two outstanding plays is a very difficult.

Everton backstop Jordan Pickford saved the Toffees’ opening day win with an eye-rubbing flying save of Xherdan Shaqiri in a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

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It was the Potters’ only shot on goal, a much-needed change of pace for the ex-Sunderland keeper, but Pickford made his save feel like it counted double.

But is it more impressive then Stephen Ward‘s outstanding shot to give Burnley a 2-0 lead in its 3-2 win at Chelsea?

Even separating the goal from the occasion, Ward’s strike is fantastic. If it came off the left foot of a bigger name — and maybe on a day without soccer mayhem in the PL — it would be everywhere.

Let it run through your retina real quick.

WATCH: Ridiculous, amazing own goal of the week scored in Copa Sudamericana

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This is the worst — or best, depending how you look at it — own goal you’ll see all week. Maybe all month. And it’s in the running for the worst/best own goal of the year as well.

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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.

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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.

WATCH: Aurelien Chedjou and a flying own goal under zero pressure

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Aurelien Chedjou hates when his goalkeeper catches the ball.

That’s the only explanation as to why the Lille defender scored this own goal whilst in uniform for Cameroon this week.

Chedjou, 29, boosted Thailand’s — yes, that Thailand — lead to 2-0 with this own goal, plucking the ball out of the air before Guy N’Dy Assembé could snare it.

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Fortunately for Chedjou, Cameroon came back to win 3-2.

VIDEO: Paul Dummett expertly heads over his keeper for own goal

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Well this one’s about as goofy as it gets in the Premier League.

With Newcastle leading 1-0, defender Paul Dummett attempted to head a ball back to keeper Jak Alnwick.

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Instead, the Geordie man popped the ball over his netminder for an own goal he won’t soon forget.

Fortunately for Dummett, Jack Colback restored Newcastle’s one-goal lead a few minutes later with a scorching shot from outside the 18.

It’s 2-1 at half.

Indonesian clubs concede five own goals in four minutes, may have feared mafia (video)

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In what looks more like a dark independent comedy rather than a soccer match, two teams in Indonesia’s first division traded a series of clearly intentional own goals in what some are saying is an effort at avoiding a playoff match against a mafia-backed team.

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PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang have been disqualified from their country’s playoffs after conceding five own goals in the late stages of their match. And by late stages, we mean it was 0-0 heading into the 86th minute and 3-2 by the time it ended.

It’s pretty brutal.

From the BBC:

Sleman win the game 3-2, but a committee decided both sides attempted to lose in order to avoid a semi-final match with Borneo FC, a club rumoured to be backed by a local mafia.

The game was scoreless until the 86th minute before Sleman score two own goals in quick succession, Semarang then score three own goals and lose the tie.

 

Check it out. Non-English language video highlights start at 12-second mark:

Imagine playing for either of these teams, or being their fans. Clearly, you’d know the potential heading into the game but the 86th minute finds a weak own goal for our against your side. Then the rest of them. And how about the one player who briefly wants to celebrate his goal before he realizes everyone else on the field is pretty bummed out?

Bananas.