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Saturday 26 July 2014

The strangest ever goals

Luton Shelton
Sheffield United v Manchester City, FA Cup, 2008
More inflatable fun and again the victims' own fans were to blame as Manchester City fans hurled balloons into their own penalty area at the start of the game. A Sheffield cross deflected gently off two balloons, leaving left-back Michael Ball with a air kick and Luke Shelton with an easy tap-in as City went out of the FA Cup.
Gary Crosby
Nottingham Forest v Manchester City, 1990
More pain for Manchester City goalies. Andy Dibble held the ball in his outstretched hand to launch a drop kick. Sneaking up behind him like a pantomime villain, Gary Crosby nodded the ball off his palm and rolled it into an empty net
Paul Robinson
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford, 2007
Not long after he took an air kick at Gary Neville's backpass and watched it dribble into his own net in England's calamitous loss against Croatia, Tottenham goalkeeper Robinson took a free kick from inside his own half and watched it loop over fellow England contender Ben Foster in the Watford goal

Sunderland's Darren Bent watched in delight during the match against Liverpool as his tame shot deflected off a (Liverpool) beach ball and past the bewildered Pepe Reina.

Technically illegal (the referee should have judged the goal as 'outside interference' and stopped play), it is far from the strangest goal in football history.

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