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Red-faced Flyer scores own-goal for ex-team

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Red-faced Flyer scores own-goal for ex-team
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Swiss hockey player Sven Berger has become a European sensation for all the wrong reasons after the Kloten Flyers blueliner scored an embarrassing own-goal in a game against his former team.

The 23-year-old Berger’s bizarre piece of stick-work in a late-September Swiss league game sparked much mirth across the continent as news of his deft finish filtered into the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Slovakian news media.

“I guess I had a temporary flashback,” Berger told Swiss newspaper Blick on netting for his former teammates.

On the ice against his previous club, the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, the Flyers defenceman sent a blistering shot past his stunned goaltender and into the net, tying the game at 3-3.

The Kloten player explained that he had intended to clear the puck but got his angles all wrong and instead sent what look like a pin-point shot zipping into the wrong goal.

“The first thing I thought was: this can’t be happening,” Bergen told newspaper 20 Minuten after the game.

Fortunately for Berger, the Flyers bagged a late winner to spare his blushes.

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