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Danes score first own goal of tourney; Dutch win

From left, Denmark's Simon Poulsen, Denmark's Daniel Agger

From left, Denmark's Simon Poulsen, Denmark's Daniel Agger and Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart in action shortly before Denmark scored an own goal during the World Cup. (June 14, 2010) Credit: AP

There are some World Cup "firsts" that are truly an honor to claim. South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala scored a brilliant first goal of the tournament and I bet he's proud of that.

But some "firsts," such as the first own goal of the 2010 World Cup, are feats every player tries to avoid. Nonetheless, Denmark's Simon Poulsen took that prize today in a game against the Netherlands.

Poulsen, in an attempt to clear the ball toward the corner of the field, headed the ball off Daniel Agger's back and into the net to hand the Dutch a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute.

The gaffe would've stung more had Dirk Kuyt not scored a late goal to ensure the Dutch victory. The Netherlands, playing without injured winger Arjen Robben, took the three points and will face Japan on Saturday hoping to lock up a spot in the Round of 16.


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