England Lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup Semifinals on a Heartbreaking Laura Bassett Own Goal in the 92nd Minute (Videos)
England lost to Japan in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup in the most gut-wrenching way possible on Wednesday: an own goal.
With the score tied 1-1 and less than a minute left in stoppage time, English defender Laura Bassett lunged at a cross that was about to find its way onto the foot of a Japanese striker inside the box, inadvertently lobbing the ball up and over the English keeper, off the bottom of the crossbar, and into her own goal.
To be honest, gut-wrenching doesn’t even do the Laura Bassett own goal justice. From her point of view it was downright tragic. Take a look:
You can bet no one on earth feels worse today than Laura Bassett. She shouldn’t, of course, because it was a freak play. Bassett had to break up that pass or Japan would have had a point blank shot on goal, and she could re-do that play 100 times and the ball wouldn’t end up in the goal. It was just a bit of terrible luck.
England coach Mark Sampson understands that:
And a lot of folks on Twitter understand that, too:
— Toni Duggan (@toni_duggan) July 2, 2015
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) July 2, 2015
Dear @laurabassett6 You’ve been amazing. UR fight&determination are your true character.I know the pain of an own goal but it won’t define U
— Brandi Chastain (@brandichastain) July 2, 2015
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 2, 2015
England, specifically @laurabassett6, need 2 hold their heads high- they have made their country proud & grabbed the hearts of their nation.
— rhian wilkinson (@rhirhi8) July 2, 2015
Send @laurabassett6 a kind word. She could use some love.
— cathalkelly (@cathalkelly) July 2, 2015
— Girls on the Ball (@GirlsontheBall) July 2, 2015
Here’s the link to Bassett’s Twitter feed. Go use the internet for something good and tweet some encouraging words. She could probably use them right about now.