Saudi Arabia WATCH: Benzema scores first career own goal as Al-Ittihad draw

Karim Benzema has been a busy man in Al-Ittihad’s Saudi Pro League clash with Al-Taawoun on Friday.

The former Real Madrid star got his side on the board with a 22nd-minute header away from home, but it was Benzema himself, who helped Al-Taawoun get back into the affair.

Just four minutes later the striker put the ball into the back of the net once again, but this time it was his own net! It was Benzema’s first own goal of his career, coming all the way at the age of 35, in the twilight of his lucrative career.

Al-Taawoun currently sits three points ahead of third-place Al-Ittihad, so the blunder could come back to hurt Benzema and his side. The current Ballon d’Or holder left Madrid after a glittering spell that resulted in five Champion League titles, four La Ligas, three Copas del Rey, four UEFA Super Cups, and five FIFA Club World Cups.

In total, Benzema played 648 times for Madrid across all competitions, scoring 354 goals, and will go down as one of Los Blancos’ best-ever strikers.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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