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Former Sunderland midfielder Giaccherini scores embarrassing own-goal

Chievo Verona v US Sassuolo - Serie A

VERONA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 04: Emanuele Giaccherini (R) of Chievo Verona is comforted by Francesco Magnanelli of Sassuolo after scoring an own goal during the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and US Sassuolo at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on November 4, 2018 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

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Ah it’s that time again. The time where we can chuckle at one of the more fluky own-goals of the year. Unless you’re a Chievo Verona fan, then you’re not laughing.

Emanuele Giaccherini, a former Premier League player with Sunderland, was on the wrong end of the clincher for Sassuolo in a 2-0 Serie A win over Chievo Verona in the 94th minute. Goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino made a fabulous one-on-one save on Domenico Berardi right on the doorstep, and when the rebound fell to Giaccherini at the far post all by himself, instead of marshalling the ball to safety away from net, he attempted to chest it back to the goalkeeper for collection.

Unfortunately, Sorrentino was sprawled out on the ground, and the chested ball was just out of reach. Disaster.


Fortunately, it’s not like the goal was a backbreaker. Chievo was hoping to equalize, but with just two minutes left in added time and Chievo a man down, it was probably unlikely anyways.

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