02.07.

1994: Escobar Killed Because He Mistakenly Scored an Own Goal

1994: Escobar Killed Because He Mistakenly Scored an Own Goal
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  • Historical event
  • 2 July 1994
  • Escobar ran in front of the opponent's midfielder and tried to stop the ball with his foot. However, the ball rebounded from his football boot so inconveniently that it ended up straight in the net. On this day, at 3 o'clock in the morning, three killers met him in the parking lot in Medellin. He was shot with a .38 caliber pistol, with the killer, apparently after each of the 12 shots, shouted "Goal!” in the style of the famous South American sports commentators.
  • Escobar ran in front of the opponent's midfielder and tried to stop the ball with his foot. However, the ball rebounded from his football boot so inconveniently that it ended up straight in the net. On this day, at 3 o'clock in the morning, three killers met him in the parking lot in Medellin. He was shot with a .38 caliber pistol, with the killer, apparently after each of the 12 shots, shouted "Goal!” in the style of the famous South American sports commentators.

On this day the famous Colombian footballer Andrés Escobar was killed in the city of Medellin.

He was killed because of the mistake he committed during the United States-Colombia match, he accidentally scored an own goal while playing for defense. Specifically, Escobar ran in front of the opponent’s midfielder and tried to stop the ball with his foot.

However, the ball rebounded from his football boot so inconveniently that it ended up straight in the net, passing by the goalkeeper. Colombian drug bosses invested a lot of money betting on Colombia going to the second round. 

It was the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Colombia was placed in Group A with the United States, Romania and Switzerland and because of Escobar’s own goal was the only one that did not advance. 

Drug bosses decided to take revenge on Escobar.

On this day, at 3 o’clock in the morning, three killers met him in the parking lot in Medellin.

He was shot with a .38 caliber pistol, with the killer, apparently after each of the 12 shots, shouted “Goal!” in the style of the famous South American sports commentators.

The very same day, police arrested Humberto Castro Muñoz, a bodyguard of the famous Colombian drug cartel, who confessed to the murder the next day.

He was sentenced to 43 years in prison, but was released after only 11.

About 120,000 people attended Escobar’s funeral.

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