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The Weekend's Prettiest Goal Was An Own Goal

South Africa's Bernard Parker scored this rocket of a header, unfortunately into his own net. Because of that, the 2010 World Cup hosts won't be around for the 2014 edition.


In CAF qualifying, South Africa came into last night's game two points back of Ethiopia for the group's lone spot in the third round. The match was tied until the 70th minute, when Parker, attempting to clear a free kick cross, instead headed home a perfectly placed bullet from 15 yards out. The match would end 2-1, and Ethiopia cannot be caught.

But wait! Ethiopia may have fielded an ineligible player who should have been sitting with two yellow cards in previous group play. If Ethiopia are docked three points, South Africa could get the chance to lose again, in even more heartbreaking fashion.

[h/t Steven]