An own goal is an event in competitive goal-scoring sports where a player scores on their own side of the playing area rather than the one defended by the opponent.
On 2 July 1994, Andres Escobar was murdered ten days after scoring an own goal that ended Colombia’s World Cup hopes. Nicknamed ‘The Gentleman’, Escobar was a favourite amongst Atletico Nacional fans.
Andres Escobar was a Colombian international footballer. He played in the 1994 World Cup in the USA, but an own goal cost him his life.
In the game against hosts USA, Escobar turned a cross by John Harkes into his own net and that eliminated Colombia from the tournament. There was lots of anger back in South America and the players were warned not to return home. Escobar decided to go in any case and he lost his life.
on the fateful day on July 2, 1994, he came out of a restaurant with his girlfriend in Medellin of all places, a group of armed men approached him.The murderer thanked Andres for the own goal and proceeded to shoot him six times.
Humberto Castro Munoz was arrested on that same night for the alleged murder of footballer Andres Escobar, he pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 43 years in prison.
Escobar’s funeral was attended by more than 120,000 people. Every year people honour Escobar by bringing photographs of him to matches. In July 2002, the city of Medellín unveiled a statue in honour of his memory
This was the time when drug cartels from Colombia truly ruled the country, which is a major reason why the murderer was released after only 11 years of his sentence.