AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Nik Tzanev played a pass to himself from a free-kick against Fleetwood Town and cost his side the match.
His error in the 88th minute allowed Fleetwood to snatch a late equaliser and deny Wimbledon a first league victory since December as they slipped closer to relegation to League Two. Luke McCormick had put the visitors in front during the first half, with a win set to take Wimbledon out of the relegation zone at the expense of Fleetwood.
Tzanev had been preparing to take a free-kick inside his own penalty area when he made his costly mistake.
The New Zealand international rolled the ball out of his area after the referee had blown the whistle before pumping it forward, kicking the ball whilst it was still rolling. This caused referee Anthony Backhouse to award Fleetwood an indirect free-kick inside the Wimbledon box.
After Tzanev and his team-mates had argued with the official in vain, Joe Garner stepped up to slot the ball past Tzanev and into the bottom corner. That equaliser proved to be the last goal of the match as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw that will prove pivotal in the League One relegation battle.
Fans of Wimbledon and other League One clubs were quick to react to Tzanev's blunder, with one tweeting: “Just when you think AFC Wimbledon have run out of ways to throw away leads.”
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Another added: “This might be the worst few moments of goalkeeping I've ever seen; and it has effectively relegated AFC Wimbledon. Calamitous doesn't come close.”
A third wrote: “Genuinely have no words… means they're virtually relegated as a result in a huge 6 pointer gotta feel bad.” Whilst another also tweeted: “How a professional football player can do this is beyond me.”
Wimbledon remain three points adrift of Fleetwood with one match remaining, whilst their opponents have a game in hand against Sheffield Wednesday. If they avoid defeat against Wednesday on Tuesday night then Wimbledon will be relegated, ending their six-year stay in the third tier.
Mark Bowen's side have been in an abysmal run of form, having last won a league match away at Accrington Stanley in December, a winless run spanning 26 matches.
Tzanev has played in all of those, having played every minute of league action this season, conceding 71 goals and keeping just five clean sheets across the course of the campaign.
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