By the time Brent Sancho saw the ball, it had already glanced off his head and into the Trinidad and Tobago net.
For a team that was unable to score a goal the entire World Cup, that was enough to end whatever slim chances it had of advancing to the second round. â€œThese things happen probably 50 million times a day in football,â€ Sancho said. â€œItâ€™s unfortunate.â€
Trinidad and Tobago never recovered from Sanchoâ€™s own goal in the 25th minute and lost 2-0 to Paraguay.
The play started after a foul by Cornell Glen. Roberto Acuna swung in a free kick that Julio Dos Santos got his head on. The ball then deflected off Sanchoâ€™s head and was redirected past keeper Kelvin Jack and into the net.
Trinidad came into the match with slim hopes, needing a win against Paraguay, an England win over Sweden and help on goal differential to qualify for the tournamentâ€™s last 16. â€” AFP