Comedy Own Goal: Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany) vs USA | inside World Soccer

USA celebrated the centenary of their football federation with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Germany on Sunday, but it was a comedy own goal that was the biggest talking point.

Germany goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is unable to get the ball after he misjudges a back pass
Germany goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is unable to get the ball after he misjudges a back pass

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In front of a sold-out crowd of 47,359 at RFK Stadium, Jozy Altidore opened the scoring with an excellent volley in the 13th minute.

Three minutes later, Germany goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen made a costly blunder as he was credited with an own goal.

With the Americans pressuring high following a goal kick, Benedikt Höwedes played a simple back pass to ter Stegen.

But the 21-year-old seemed to change his mind on what he wanted to do with the ball just before he went to kick it.

After his hesitation, he still got a toe on the ball, which is why he was credited with the own goal.

Heiko Westermann pulled one back early in the second half, before a Clint Dempsey brace put the USA beyond reach despite Max Kruse and Julian Draxler reducing the arrears late on.


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