Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado Misses a Sitter Against Bologna in Serie a (Video)
Relax, Gervinho. You're not alone anymore.
Long-time readers of Set Piece will know we like to have our fun with Gervinho. Earlier this season, Arsenal's light-scoring, mistake-prone Ivorian forward fluffed a seemingly unmissable chance against Bradford City in the Capital One Cup. Not long afterwards, the Gunners crashed out to the fourth-tier side on penalties.
Anyway, like we said, Gervinho is no longer alone. Sort of.
In the fifth minute, Adem Ljajic crossed from the right (much like Lukas Podolski did for Arsenal), and the ball made its way through to Cuadrado (Gervinho) at the back post.
Instead of redirecting the ball into the net, Cuadrado opened his body too much and sent it wide of the far post.
While it wasn't quite as bad (Gervinho's came against a fourth-tier team, after all), that's a textbook way to miss an easy chance.
Cuadrado, a 24-year-old Colombian international, has scored once in 25 league appearances this season (stats via WhoScored.com). We're not trying to pile on him here. It was just an astonishing miss.
The miss appears in the clip above, starting around the 0:30 mark. It's also our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Wednesday. Enjoy.
Ljajic opened the scoring for Fiorentina in the 27th minute, but Bologna turned around the deficit with second-half goals from Marco Motta (58') and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (84'), who might as well go by the nickname spell-check.
The win lifted Bologna out of the relegation zone, but around here it will be remembered for Cuadrado's Gervinho-ian miss.
(h/t 101 Great Goals)
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