Monaco defender’s face says it all as he scores the most calamitous of own goals

AS Monaco defender Caio Henrique collapsed to the ground with his head in his hands after throwing away an important clean sheet with one of the most calamitous of own goals you'll ever see.

The 25-year-old former Brazil youth international has been a regular in the Monaco side since joining from Atletico Madrid back in 2020 – but that experience didn't stop him from a moment of madness against Nantes in Ligue 1.

With Monaco leading 4-0 on the 100th meeting between the two sides thanks to Breel Embolo's opener and Wissam Ben Yedder's hat-trick, an innocuous Quentin Merlin cross came floating over to the back post towards Henrique.

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Seemingly caught in two minds between knocking the ball back to goalkeeper Alexander Nubel or putting it out for a corner, the defender send it into the back of the net via his left thigh.

Having given away Monaco's chances of securing a clean sheet with just 11 minutes of normal time remaining, Henrique fell to his knees and held his face in his hands.

Even while running back into position, Henrique looked dumbstruck over his own error despite Philippe Clement's men winning 4-1 and moving up to fifth in the table.

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According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona were continuing to monitor Henrique as of two weeks ago ahead of a potential move in 2023.

Henrique has managed four assists across the first six Ligue 1 games of the campaign, with Barcelona keeping an eye out on creative defensive talent.

Xavi currently has Alejandro Balde, Marcos Alonso and Jordi Alba as options on the left hand side of his back four, with the latter pair both over the age of 30 and Balde just 18.

Henrique said of his strengths back in September: "It's true that since I was little, I like to take set pieces. This area is one of my qualities.

"At the start of the season, the coach wanted to give me this mission.

"Therefore, I've worked on this even more in training because these plays can change the course of a match and thus help the team to win. As a fullback, an assist is like a goal for forwards."


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