Bebe, Lago and the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend
Goalkeeping gaffes are the theme of this installment of the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend.
Borussia Dortmund, Lyon and Bologna each benefitted from poor opposition shot-stopping on Saturday and Sunday, while Getafe might have taken an early lead on Osasuna but for abysmal finishing.
Finally, a famous Manchester United flop delivered what just might be the worst free-kick you’re likely to see this season.
Over the following slides, we’ll examine five of the most head-scratching moments from the weekend’s action.
5. Daniele Padelli, Torino
Bologna were in desperate need of all three points when they travelled to Torino on Sunday, and although Ciro Immobile gave the hosts the lead inside five minutes, it took the Rossoblu just six minutes to equalize.
That Jonathan Cristaldo goal in the 11th minute—a hard, low shot that left goalkeeper Daniele Padelli with no chance whatsoever—was followed by a go-ahead goal in the 24th minute, which Padelli might have done better with.
The Torino goalkeeper could only parry Rene Krhin’s shot into the path of Cristaldo, whose tap-in proved to be the winner for Bologna.
4. Remy Riou, Nantes
Lyon are sixth in Ligue 1 and just four points back of the European places after an important 2-1 win away to Nantes on Sunday.
Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the guests just shy of the interval after being played through by Bafetimbi Gomis for his 13th goal of the season.
With a quarter-hour remaining, and Lyon keeping hold of the one-goal lead, Lacazette earned a penalty for Les Gones after being sloppily hauled to the ground by Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou.
Gomis stepped up to give his side a two-goal cushion, and he’ll have been glad he converted, as Nantes pulled back a late consolation goal through Filip Djordjevic.
3. Raphael Wolf, Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen are dropping like a rock in the Bundesliga, and although goalkeeper Raphael Wolf had a particularly poor match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, more than a few of his teammates failed to show up at the Weserstadion.
Wolf might have done better when Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a 26th-minute effort that found its way inside the far post, and he did poorly once again in the 41st minute when Henrikh Mkhitaryan beat him with a shot he should have saved.
However, the 25-year-old looked especially ridiculous when Robert Lewandowski scored Dortmund’s fifth in the 5-1 victory.
Racing off his line, Wolf was left to watch as the Poland striker rounded him easily before stroking the ball into the gaping net.
2. Roberto Lago, Getafe
Given what transpired over the ensuing 89 minutes at El Sadar, Roberto Lago will have no doubt rued his missed opportunity in the opening minutes against Osasuna, which would have given Getafe the early advantage in an important Primera Division encounter on Saturday.
After Jordan Loties’ foul on Ciprian Marica in dangerous space, Getafe had a good opportunity to open the scoring before a minute had ticked off the clock—only for Lago to head wide of an open net.
Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez could only re-direct Pedro Leon’s free-kick into the path of Lago, but the 28-year-old just couldn’t place his unchallenged header on target.
Six minutes later, the hosts were in front thanks to Oriol Riera Magem’s opener, and with two minutes left on the clock Roberto Torres added a measure of insurance for Osasuna.
1. Bebe, Pacos De Ferreira
Bebe is still on Manchester United’s books. However, if the 23-year-old’s Sunday showing for Pacos de Ferreira against Porto is any indication, he won’t be heading back to Old Trafford any time soon.
Lining up a free-kick from an impossible angle, and well nearly 40 yards from the target, Bebe nevertheless tried to place his shot on goal—only for the ball to balloon off to the right and land just yards from the corner flag.
The look on his face said it all.