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The Chilling Murder of Soccer Star, Who Was Killed After an Own Goal in the World Cup


The FIFA World Cup is the greatest occasion in sports. That's simply true. Regardless of not being the most well known game in the United States, soccer is the greatest game on the planet and like clockwork, the world looks as 32 groups fight it out throughout a month for the option to be known as the most incredible on the planet. In 1994, in any case, just 24 groups contended, the last time that would occur before the development in 1998, and Andres Escobar and his nation of origin of Colombia were one of those fortunate 24. 

The U.S. facilitated the World Cup without precedent for '94, starting off the merriments on June 17, 1994, that very day of the famed O.J. Simpson white Bronco chase. Andres Escobar and his Colombian partners started play the following day, part of Group A with the U.S., Switzerland, and Romania. Assumptions were high as the Colombians had lost only one time in 26 matches driving into the World Cup and had surrendered only two goals in qualifying. 

Colombia's first match came against Romania on June 18, 1994, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. However, the group looked languid and were totally outflanked, losing 3-1. That implied their June 22 matchup with the United States was basically an unquestionable requirement dominate game, a match that would end up being grievous for Andres Escobar. 

Andres Escobar scored an own goal against the U.S. in Colombia's second round of the '94 World Cup 

The United States had tied its first match of the 1994 World Cup, engaging Switzerland to a 1-1 draw. In those days, the best two groups from every one of the six groups progressed to the knockout stage, as did the main four third-place finishers. So this was an unquestionable requirement win for Andres Escobar and Colombia, who were at that point in last after the primary day of Group A play. 

Escobar had been a protector basically his whole profession. It wasn't his responsibility to score goals. It was his responsibility to hold the other group back from doing as such. Yet, on June 22, 1994, he scored some unacceptable sort of goal: the feared own goal. 

In the 34th moment of the initial half, with the score tied 0-0, U.S. midfielder John Harkes endeavored a left-wing cross in the case however there was Andre Escobar to avoid. The issue was that he diverted the ball into his own goal, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead. The U.S. proceeded to dominate the game, 2-1. 

Colombia had the option to dominate their third game of the World Cup, a 2-0 triumph over Switzerland, yet with Romania beating the U.S., the Colombians were killed. 

Andres Escobar gave what ended up being a chilling assertion 

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Following Colombia's disposal from the World Cup, Andres Escobar got back to his nation, not really set in stone to continue on with his personal business regardless of supplications from his friends and family to hide out as fans were still extremely furious. Upon his return, he composed an explanation that showed up in El Tiempo, a paper in Bogota, an explanation that a couple of days after the fact would become perhaps the most chilling thing at any point composed. 

"Life doesn't end here. We need to continue. Life can't end here. Regardless of how troublesome, we should remain back up. We just have two choices: either permit outrage to deaden us and the viciousness proceeds, or we survive and make an honest effort to help other people. It's our decision. Allow us to kindly keep up with deference. My hottest respects to everybody. It's been a generally astonishing and uncommon experience. We'll see each other again soon on the grounds that life doesn't end here." 

"The Gentleman of the Field" was killed on July 2, 1994 

The evening of July 1, 1994, Andres Escobar, referred to by fans as "The Gentleman of the Field" because of his incredibly quiet disposition and clean play on the pitch, went out with companions. They hit up a couple of bars in Escobar's old neighborhood of Medellin yet headed out in different directions late in the evening. At roughly 3:00 a.m. on the morning of July 2, Escobar was distant from everyone else in a parking garage when he was drawn closer by a group of men who contended with him about the heartbreaking own goal. A fight resulted and Escobar was shot multiple times and left for dead. 

Soon thereafter, Humberto Castro Munoz, a guardian for specific individuals from an amazing medication cartel and furthermore a driver for siblings Pedro David and Juan Santiago Gallon Henao, who were profoundly associated and present at the homicide scene, admitted to the homicide and was subsequently condemned to 43 years in jail. The sentence was then decreased to 26 years and he was delivered subsequent to serving only 11 years in a correctional facility. Many actually accept that the Gallon Henao siblings requested Munoz to kill Escobar yet there wasn't sufficient proof to convict. 

In excess of 120,000 individuals went to Andres Escobar's public memorial service and a sculpture of him was disclosed in Medellin in 2002.

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