Inter’s pre-season friendly against Chelsea on Saturday morning produced a moment of sheer magic – but it’s one that midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will want to forget in a hurry.
The two sides are in International Champions Cup action in Singapore, and while the Serie A side thought they had the game won with goals either side of half time from former Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic and Manchester United target Ivan Perisic, but it was Kondogbia who produced the best moment of the game with around fifteen minutes remaining.
With Inter knocking the ball around, the French international attempted to alleviate the pressure completely by knocking the ball back to goalkeeper Daniele Padelli from around 40 yards. However, it all went spectacularly badly when the ball sailed over the keeper’s head…
Padelli could only watch helplessly as the ball flew into the net, leaving Kondogbia red-faced and unable to look Nerazzurri manager Luciano Spalletti in the eye.
After a period of sluggishness, the unexpected lifeline seemed to wake Chelsea up and gave them the incentive to equalise in the exhibition fixture.
Kondogbia with one of the greatest own goals you will ever see pic.twitter.com/RsYyoT1iY8
— ML (@studythetape) July 29, 2017
Chelsea 1-2 Inter. Kondogbia lobs over his own keeper from 40 yards. Well. That was probably worth the trip on it’s own.
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) July 29, 2017
Kondogbia with the greatest own goal OAT. pic.twitter.com/1n8NDDzUTC
— Andy Ha (@_AndyHa) July 29, 2017
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