Ex-Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny's Euro curse revealed with gaffes in all THREE first games of tournament during career

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY'S Euros nightmare continued on Monday with his latest blunder.

The Poland goalkeeper, 31, was making his third appearance at the tournament after turning out for one match in 2012 and 2016.

But it was an evening to forget in St Petersburg with Szczesny becoming the first goalkeeper to score an own goal in the competition's history.

With 18 minutes on the clock, Robert Mak's brilliant solo run resulted in the Slovakia star striking his shot against the near post.

But, unfortunately for the diving Szczesny, the ball cannoned off his back and into the net.

Karol Linetty equalised for Poland before Milan Skriniar restored Slovakia's lead with what proved to be the winner.

The own goal, though, piled more misery on Szczesny.

The former Arsenal stopper started Euro 2012 between the sticks for Poland as they co-hosted with Ukraine.

But in the curtain-raiser against Greece, he came flying out to try and claim a cross but got nowhere near it, allowing Dimitris Salpingidis to fire into the unguarded net.

And to make matters, he then got sent off after bringing Salpingidis down inthe penalty box – but the spot-kick was saved by replacement Przemyslaw Tyton.


Szczesny did not play again at the home tournament.

And four years later, there was another moment to forget.

The Juventus star picked up a thigh injury in Poland's opening game victory over Northern Ireland and was ruled out for the rest of the campaign as they reached the quarter-finals.

It means in total, 54-cap Szczesny has now played three matches at European Championships.

In his 258 minutes, he has conceded three, made one save, one error leading to a goal, given away a penalty and been shown a red card.

Szczesny also appeared at the 2018 World Cup – and produced ANOTHER major blunder as he came charging out of his goal but missed the ball completely, allowing Senegal ace Mbaye Niang to tap in the winner.

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