Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend with Milner, Reyes and the FA
Welcome back to another round of football's biggest blunders from the weekend, which trawls not just the international matches that dominated the past week, but also administrative staff and non-international players.
This time out, we've got the worst gaffes from Europe and CONCACAF qualifying zones, a moment of ill-judgement from Gabby Agbonlahor and plenty more.
You can read last week's edition here, or read on for the newest bout of blunders!
Misfiring Macedonian Striker
Tome Petrov is the unfortunate focus of our first video, as he does exceptionally well to fail to score from all of a yard out.
With the goalkeeper beaten and a cross finding him perfectly unmarked on the far post, the Macedonian striker only managed to divert the ball onto the crossbar before it was cleared, leaving the forward frustrated at his own ineptitude.
Practice Your Panenka
Argentina's second flight saw Boca Unidos goalkeeper Martinez Gullota making a penalty save in their recent game against Brown de Adrogue—but rather than he being the hero, it was spot-kick taker Pablo Miranda who was the villain.
In an attempt to calmly and cooly put his penalty away, the attack chipped a Panenka penalty down the centre of the goal...only for the keeper to quite comfortably step to his left and pluck the ball out of the air.
The Best Comedy Value Own Goal Ever Scored?
A comedy of errors leads to this own goal at the 12th National Games of China.
Liaoning met Xinjiang in the semifinals of the tournament, with the latter side losing the match after this ludicrous succession of events sealed the result.
A failed clearance, a wayward bicycle kick and a goalkeeper who entirely lost his focus on his footing, the ball and on planet Earth all ended up in one of the funniest own goals ever seen. Oops!
James Milner's Miss vs. Moldova
Nobody is quite sure what Roy Hodgson thought he'd gain by bringing on James Milner for the final few minutes of the qualifying match against Moldova on Friday, but he probably wouldn't have expected it to be a miss worthy of a Moldovan forward.
While one of the youngsters on the bench might have been better served getting some game time in a competitive environment, Milner instead came on to play 20 minutes of a game that was already wrapped up to collect cap No. 40.
His miss came late in the match. A cross from the right side found him unmarked at the back post, but his first-time shot was poorly executed, missing the goal entirely from just a few yards out and failing to increase his total number of international goals to two.
Gabby Agbonlahor Overdoing It in a Charity Game
While Milner and company were facing Moldova, Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor was preparing for a charity match organised by Stiliyan Petrov at Celtic Park.
During the game, he went in with an overly heavy challenge on One Direction pop star Louis Tomlinson. The hobbled singer had to leave the pitch as a result, before vomiting on the sidelines as he was replaced.
No lasting damage appears to have been done, but a report from the BBC indicates that the Villa man took a fair amount of abuse from fans of the pop group via Twitter.
England Turning Down Pep Guardiola
Nick Harris of the Daily Mail reported on Saturday that the English FA made the incredible decision to turn down Pep Guardiola for the England job when Fabio Capello resigned, instead deciding to appoint Roy Hodgson.
We could spend quite some time analysing the hows and whys of this being a blunder, but is there really any need?
Diego Reyes Miskick Costs Mexico the Match
Mexico's World Cup qualification hopes took a big hit in their latest Hexagonal game as they were defeated 2-1 by Honduras at home in Mexico City.
Despite taking an early lead, Mexico conceded the game and two goals in two minutes in the second half. Defender Diego Reyes made the mistake with a misplaced backpass, allowing Carlo Costly to run through and seal the win for Honduras.
It was a costly error indeed for Mexico as the result saw Honduras leapfrog them in the standings, meaning Mexico are now outside of the automatic places for the 2014 World Cup.
Owen Garvan's Twitter Misdemeanour
I'll be here longer then he will...trust me— owen garvan (@garvalution) September 4, 2013
That was the tweet sent by Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan, supposedly referring to manager Ian Holloway, as detailed here by B/R's own Will Tidey.
Either way, Garvan isn't a happy boy after being omitted from Palace's 25-man Premier League squad, and venting his frustrations on Twitter probably wasn't the smartest move.
Umberto Gandini Fails with AC Milan Champions League Registration List
In another squad list issue, AC Milan director Umberto Gandini made a clerical error which will mean young forward M'Baye Niang will play no part in their group matches of the Champions League this season.
Stephan El Shaarawy was named as an 'A list' player. According to UEFA regulations, El Shaarawy could have been selected as a 'B list' player but Milan director, Umberto Gandini, placed the Italy international in the wrong category, forcing Niang to watch from the sidelines as the side face Barcelona, Ajax and Celtic.
Last season, Niang featured in two Champions League matches and 20 Serie A games, though his only goal came in the Coppa Italia.