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Gladbach's Christoph Kramer scores incredible 40-yard own goal vs Dortmund

Monday, November 10, 2014

An extraordinary own goal from Germany international Christoph Kramer saw Borussia Dortmund beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 on Sunday.

The incredible incident occurred shortly before the hour mark of their Bundesliga clash at Signal Iduna Park.

Gladbach were calmly knocking the ball around in defence when Kramer was found inside the centre circle.

But instead of keeping things simple, the 23-year-old proceeded to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

What was presumably meant to be a pass back along the ground actually became a lob as Kramer got his foot under the ball, leaving Sommer no chance of recovering as the ball nestled in the back of his net.

Kramer's unfortunate strike proved to be the game's only goal as Dortmund held on to climb out of the relegation zone.

"I've got to have a look at (my own goal) again, to be honest. I think the ball sat up a bit," Kramer said after the game.

"It can happen, but I'm incredibly annoyed by it. I'm extremely disappointed with my own performance."

Despite earning the victory, Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp and captain Sebastian Kehl admitted sympathy for the World Cup winner.

Klopp said afterwards: "He is an exceptional player who has made a terrific development. It (the own-goal) will remain only a small side note as a curiosity in his career.

"For us, it was a very important three points. If it had to be this way, then Christoph Kramer inadvertently now has a place in our history."

Kehl added: "All I said to (Kramer) was that I was sorry for him - the ball just sat up as he was passing it back.

"I just had sympathy for him, even though I was delighted at the same time. It makes you smile, but I hope it doesn't get him down because he's a great footballer with a great future."

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