VIDEO: Ref consoles Utrecht defender Mike van der Horn after comical own goal
You know you've scored a truly horrendous own goal when even the referee and opposing players make a point of giving you consoling pats on the back.
Utrecht were already 3-0 behind and down to nine men approaching half time in their Dutch Eredivisie clash at AZ Alkmaar at the weekend, when van der Horn's calamitous moment arrived.
The panicked defender found himself facing goalwards two yards from the line with the ball at his feet. Under no pressure, he proceeded to slice hurriedly into his own net in a hideous attempt at a clearance.
It was an o.g. so atrocious that there was none of the barely-concealed sneering and gloating from the opposing team that traditionally follows such incidents. Instead, the referee and an Alkmaar player simply offered silent condolences.