With the United States ready to find out their World Cup finals opponent, they eagerly awaited the matchup between England and Japan. Tied 1-1 in stoppage time, it seemed the game was headed into overtime. That is, until England defender Laura Bassett accidentally netted the ball in her own net. Japan sprinted up-field with the ball and tried to pass it in, but Bassett attempted to boot it away over the net.
However, the effort to kick the ball out of bounds ended in heartbreak, as the ball struck the top bar of the goal and bounced just inches over the line. The loss certainly stunned both the team and all of the country’s fans, as they were so close to a finals appearance. The United States will take on Japan on July 5 for the championship.
Take a look at the devastating own goal below: