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Referee comforts distraught player after comical own goal

World of Sport

Poor Mike van der Hoorn had to be comforted by the referee and his team-mates after one of the most comical and ridiculous own goals ever.

Van der Hoorn looked like he meant this own goal as his Utrecht side were hammered 6-0 by AZ Alkmaar in their Eredivisie match at the weekend, but his reaction afterwards left no one in any doubt about how gutted he was.

The Utrecht player had all the time in the world to clear the ball off the line, but instead somehow contrived to pick out the corner of his own net.

One shot of van der Hoorn's boss on the touchline showed just how impressed he was about his player's intervention.

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