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Narco-soccer: The Two Escobars

The days when Colombia's national team was one of the best in the world are long gone. Those were also the days when a mistake in the court could cost a referee or a player his life.

53480 In 1994 Colombians were convinced their team had a chance to win the FIFA World Cup. That year Colombian defender Andres Escobar Saldarriaga killed that hope after he made a mistake during a game against the U.S. on June 22nd.

I remember that game: U.S. and Colombia were tied 1-1. An entire country watched in horror as Escobar intercepted a U.S. mid-fielder's cross, and accidentally scored an "auto gol" into his own net. The U.S. won 2-1.

Colombians forgave him but the drug lords didn't.

His killer screamed "Gol!" after shooting him dead outside of a bar.

ESPN Films '30 for 30 will premiere a documentary called The Two Escobars at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Here is the trailer:


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