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Fastest own goal in FIFA World Cup™ history

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Gamarra's (PAR) own goal against England on 10 June 2006 was the 25th in FIFA World Cup™ history; the first ever FIFA World Cup™ own goal was scored by Switzerland's Loertscher v. Germany in 1938.

Gamarra's header into his own net is also the fastest ever FIFA World Cup™ own goal: 3rd minute. Previously, the record was held by Yugoslavia's Horvat, who netted an own goal in the 9th minute against Germany FR in 1954.

This is the second FIFA World Cup™ own goal to go in England's favour; the first was in 1982, scored by Barmos of Czechoslovakia.

Italy lead when it comes to benefiting from own goals; they have had 4 FIFA World Cup™ own goals scored ‘for' them.

Today's match saw Paraguay score their first FIFA World Cup™ own goal; in the all-time list of number of own goals scored, Bulgaria share the top spot with the Netherlands, Mexico and Yugoslavia (total 2 own goals scored).

On 5 June 2002, Portugal and USA each scored an own goal – the first and only match to feature 2 own goals by both sides in FIFA World Cup™ history.

Full list of FIFA World Cup™ own goals (pdf file)

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 10 June 2006