Demichelis, Buffon and the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend
Abysmal defending highlights this instalment of the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend.
Nothing deflates a side—especially one on the front foot—quite like a defensive gaffe, but as you’ll see over the following slides, there were a handful of teams on Saturday and Sunday that had the fortitude to overcome their mistakes and post important results.
Following are five such errors from the weekend’s matches—howlers that led directly to goals but didn’t necessarily result in a loss.
5. Martin Demichelis
Martin Demichelis had an absolute nightmare against Watford on Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Hornets stung hosts Manchester City for a pair of goals inside the opening half hour and the Argentine defender was at least partially at fault for both.
In the 21st minute, he was simply out-run by Fernando Forestieri; moments later his poor clearance allowed Troy Deeney to race in on goal and give Watford the 2-0 lead.
But a Sergio Aguero hat-trick after the restart, as well as a goal from Aleksandar Kolarov, put City into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
4. Marco Amelia
For a time, it looked as though AC Milan were destined for an eighth loss of the season and had they fallen to defeat away to Cagliari, goalkeeper Marco Amelia would have been to blame.
In the 28th minute, the Sardinians took the lead when Amelia’s careless parry of Mauricio Pinilla’s weak effort landed at the feet of Marco Sau, who then made Daniele Bonera look a fool before sliding the ball into the back of the net.
The Rossoneri would eventually overturn the deficit, however, thanks to an 87th minute equalizer from Mario Balotelli that set the stage for Giampaolo Pazzini’s late winner.
3. Keylor Navas
Sevilla found themselves 1-0 up at home to Levante, Saturday, thanks to Coke Andujar’s lob from distance.
Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas had wandered off his line as the hosts converged in the attacking third; spotting the gaffe, Coke chipped the ball up and over the 27-year-old and into the back of the net.
The guests were level just five minutes later, however, and would go on to win the match 3-2 thanks to goals from David Barral, Loukas Vyntra and Simao Junior.
2. Jeremy Mathieu
An exciting first half at the Mestalla saw all for goals in Valencia’s 2-2 draw at home to Espanyol come before the break.
Valencia looked as though they would head back down the tunnel with a one-goal lead, but after Jeremy Mathieu dispossessed Jhon Cordoba inside his own 18-yard box, the defender lost the ball and tripped the Colombia striker as he attempted to win it back.
The referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot and Sergio Garcia’s successful conversion sent the two sides into halftime on level terms.
1. Gianluigi Buffon/Davide Massa
Take your pick.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was hardly having a night to remember when he was issued a straight red card against Lazio on Saturday.
The Bianconeri captain had struggled in a few battles with the spritely Miroslav Klose and in the 24th minute, he conceded a penalty when he chopped the Germany international to the ground.
But as Klose was actually heading away from goal, the red card shown by Davide Massa was debatable. Nevertheless, Antonio Candreva stepped up to the spot and gave the hosts the lead.
A superb fightback by 10-man Juventus would produce a 1-1 draw, however, as Fernando Llorente equalized in the 60th minute with a well-placed header.