Mario Mandzukic Breaks The Most Unfortunate World Cup Record Ever
On Wednesday he scored a 109th winner in the World Cup semi-final against England. Three days later, Mario Mandzukic became the first player in World Cup history to score an own goal in the final. Football can be a cruel game.
France striker Antoine Griezmann went down rather theatrically in the 18th minute to win a free-kick in the final third and seconds later, he whipped it into the penalty area.
Unfortunately for Mandzukic, he flicked on his cross which stumped Danijel Subasic and headed in an own goal and in the meantime, he scored the first goal in World Cup final history.
Mario Mandzukic has scored the first own goal in #WorldCupFinal history. :flag_fr: :flag_hr:
- Paul Carr (@PaulCarrTM) July 15, 2018
As you can imagine, England fans were rather pleased about his own goal after Mandzukic broke the hearts of a nation earlier this week after he bagged an extra-time winner.
It was certainly a big talking point on social media
There has been a record 12 own goals scored in this #WorldCup2018
Mario Mandzukic becomes the first player in history to score an own goal in a #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/USXAKzSMua
- Team FA (@TeamFA) July 15, 2018
England fans after watching Mandzukic score an own goal... pic.twitter.com/2A8OGvKtQq
- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) July 15, 2018
Mandzukic knocks England out of the World Cup and then scores an own goal in the World Cup Final.
England fans right now... pic.twitter.com/V52tSu84YI
- Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) July 15, 2018
Thats karma for Mandzukic after crying and whining at the end of the England game to waste time.
- Adrian Walker (@whatawhale) July 15, 2018
In one way I really feel for Mandzukic to score an own goal in a World Cup final, it must crush you... in another, karma couldn't have come in any better way for knocking England out of the World Cup :joy: #WorldCup #FRACRO
- Matt Teagle (@JustTeags) July 15, 2018
I should feel sorry for Mandzukic but he knocked England out and I'm really petty so fuck him. #WorldCupFinal
- Joseph Reade (@j_readey) July 15, 2018
Ivan Perisic equalised in the 28th minute to give Croatia hope, but he later conceded a penalty after handling in the box. Antoine Griezmann converted and France had the advantage.