Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon may well have wished for the ground to swallow him up during his side’s game with Aston Villa after he accidentally sliced a volleyed clearance past the despairing grasp of Hugo Lloris.
With the Londoners having grabbed an early lead courtesy of a Steven Bergwijn strike, the unfortunate Spaniard levelled proceedings on 20 minutes when he attempted to hoof away a left flank cross – only for him to slice it off his right foot and into the corner of Lloris’ net.
Immediately afterwards the former Real Madrid man sank to his knees and put his head in his hands as the reality of his interjection set in.
As own goals go, that’s an absolute worldy from Reguilon.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2021
Things would quickly go from bad to worse for Tottenham, who are currently being helmed by 29-year-old interim boss Ryan Mason who took the reins at the club following his sacking a month ago today, when Ollie Watkins gave Aston Villa a 2-1 lead just before halftime.
The disgruntled fanbase at the club made their feelings known at the break, too, as they erupted into a chorus of boos – a reaction, most likely, not just to Spurs’ tepid performance but also to reports that star player Harry Kane is attempting to engineer a move away from his boyhood club this summer.
Sergio Reguilon has scored one of the best own goals I’ve ever seen. His reaction was devastating, he fell right to the ground after it. I feel bad for him, but that was a quality own goal. pic.twitter.com/u1b1JOUhpr
— CFO (@CFOpinions) May 19, 2021
Obviously having away fans back in grounds will be brilliant but the befuddlement of a crowd of one-sided spectators when one of their own players scores an own goal is something to be experienced
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) May 19, 2021
1000 – Sergio Reguilón’s own-goal was the 1000th scored in Premier League history, 10,483 days after Mark Crossley netted the very first back in August 1992 for Nottingham Forest. Poetic. #TOTAVLpic.twitter.com/PX4egOWGiw
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2021
The own goal (and what a goal it was!) gives Reguilon the dubious honor of scoring the 1,000th own goal in the history of the Premier League since the very first one was scored by Nottingham Forest ‘keeper Mark Crossley all the way back in 1992.
Several fans and media alike took to social media to comment on the unbelievable O.G., with Gary Lineker writing that it was “an absolute worldy from Reguilon“.
Another fan said that while they feel for the unfortunate Spaniard, it was still “a quality own goal“.
A third wrote that it was “stunning technique to fizz that beyond Lloris“.
And if the reaction of the select few who witnessed Reguilon’s own goal inside the stadium is anything to go by, he might just have wished that the fans’ return to English football stadiums had been delayed by at least another week.