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Begovic: I feel bad for Boruc

By Football News



Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic expressed sympathy for Southampton's Artur Boruc after scoring a freak goal past his opposite number.

Begovic became only the fifth keeper to score a Premier League goal when he found the net in bizarre circumstances just 13 seconds into a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

A routine clearance was carried by a strong gust of wind and bounced over Boruc to stun players and spectators alike.

Yet the Bosnia international did not celebrate his goal and explained why after the game.

"It does not make a goalkeeper look good and I did not want to celebrate out of respect for him," Begovic told BBC Sport.

"It's a cool feeling (for me) but it was a fortunate incident. It was a long ball that got caught in the wind and it took a wicked bounce.

"I feel a bit bad for Boruc. It's not nice to be on the receiving end of those things as a goalkeeper."

Jay Rodriguez's subsequent equaliser for Southampton at least spared the blushes of Boruc, who was understandably keen to move on from the incident.

"I don't want to remember it any more," the Pole said.

"I blame the wind for that. I'm really sorry for my team-mates and our supporters, but what can I say.

"What happens, happens and I need to bounce back. I promise to get those two points back."

Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson and Tim Howard are the other goalkeepers to have scored in the Premier League, the latter two doing so in similar fashion to Begovic.

Both Schmeichel and Friedel were on target when heading upfield for set-pieces in the closing stages of matches.

Begovic is now Stoke's joint leading scorer in the league this season, with Mark Hughes' side having mustered just seven goals so far.

Stoke have proved far more prolific in the League Cup, claiming nine goals in three outings against lower-league opposition.