Own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart after bizarre start to Euro 2024

own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart after bizarre start to euro 2024

Italy's Riccardo Calafiori (5) scores an own goal during a Group B match between Spain and Italy at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — There’s just no stopping the top scorer at the European Championship.

Own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart, with the fifth one of the tournament coming Thursday through Italy defender Riccardo Calafiori in his team’s 1-0 loss to Spain.

The other unfortunate players to score in their own net were Germany’s Antonio Rüdiger, Austria’s Maximilian Wöber, the Czech Republic’s Robin Hranáč and Albania’s Klaus Gjasula.

own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart after bizarre start to euro 2024

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, watches Czech Republic's Robin Hranac second from right, score an own goal to make it 1-1 during a Group F match between Portugal and the Czech Republic at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

These five have come from just 18 games so far. There were a tournament-record 11 own-goals at the last edition three years ago.

In an unusual start to Euro 2024, only one player has two goals — Germany forward Jamal Musiala — and 40 players have scored one goal. Gjasula has scored for and against his country.

own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart after bizarre start to euro 2024

Albania's Klaus Gjasula, fourth from left, scores an own goal during a Group B match between Croatia and Albania at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. ( Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

There’s also this unlikely stat: None of the 47 goals have been penalties.

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own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart after bizarre start to euro 2024

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own-goals lead the way in the scoring chart after bizarre start to euro 2024

Austria's goalkeeper Patrick Pentz, right, watches after Austria's Maximilian Wober, center, scored an own goal during a Group D match between Austria and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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