People rally around Gareth McAuley after his own goal knocked Northern Ireland out 5 years ago

People rally around Gareth McAuley after his own goal knocked Northern Ireland out

Scoring an own goal that sees your team get knocked out of an international tournament must be one of the worst feelings a man can suffer.

But nobody blames Gareth McAuley for his own goal in Northern Ireland's match against Wales.

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Gareth Bale whipped a ball across the face of the goal with such accuracy and pace, that if McAuley didn't challenge for the ball, Hal Robson-Kanu would have nudged it into the net anyway.

And football fans are getting behind the West Brom and Northern Ireland defender.

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Poor bloke.

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Wales went onto win the game 1-0, and will make history by going through to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

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