Benalouane, FA Cup Gaffes and the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend
The weekend’s roster of FA fixtures served up plenty of talking points, with particular items of discussion coming from Bramall Lane and Emirates Stadium.
But there were gaffes throughout the rest of Europe as well, as demonstrated by the following slideshow.
Here are five blunders from Saturday and Sunday.
5. Sven Ulreich, Stuttgart
Don’t look now, but 2007 Bundesliga winners Stuttgart are suddenly embroiled in a relegation battle, and Saturday’s 4-1 defeat away to Hoffenheim hardly helped them in their cause.
To be fair, goalkeeper Sven Ulreich could do little to stop three of the four goals the hosts put past him over the 90 minutes, but he might have done considerably better on Sven Schipplock’s insurance marker, which saw him caught out of position.
With Hoffenheim already 2-1 up and the hour-mark having just passed, Schipplock noticed that Ulreich had wandered carelessly off his line and lobbed over the Stuttgart keeper for his side’s third at Rhein-Neckar Arena.
4. Simone Scuffet, Udinese
Stadio Luigi Ferraris was the scene of a thrilling comeback, Sunday, as hosts Genoa overturned a two-goal disadvantage to earn a split of the points with visiting Udinese.
Dusan Basta and Bruno had given the guests a 2-0 lead in the first half before Moussa Konate pulled one back for Genoa just before the half-time whistle, but Luis Muriel’s 48th-minute penalty restored Udinese’s two-goal lead.
Then it became the Alberto Gilardino show.
After pulling his side back to within a goal in the 69th minute, the striker scored what proved to be the equaliser with 11 minutes left to play when Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet redirected Sebastian De Maio’s shot into the path of Gilardino, who made no mistake from in close.
3. Dorus de Vries, Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United fought back from a goal down to knock Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup Sunday, equalising shortly after the hour-mark before scoring twice in second-half stoppage time.
That Forest even allowed the Blades an equaliser was entirely the fault of their goalkeeper, Dorus de Vries, who mishandled John Brayford’s cross before getting caught up with his own defender and watching as Conor Coady stroked the ball into the gaping net.
The stage was then set for a United win, and substitute Chris Porter proved the hero with a 90th-minute winner from the spot and an insurance marker in the second minute of stoppage time.
2. Yohan Benalouane, Atalanta
Atalanta were still very much in with a shout with 16 minutes left to play in their Sunday match at home to Parma.
Cristian Molinaro had given the guests the early lead, but the Gialloblu were unable to seal the three points until Yohan Benalouane gifted them to the top-half side in the 74th minute.
Antonio Cassano, who would add a third for the guests just three minutes later, sent in a low cross that the Atalanta defender managed to steer into his own net.
Ezequiel Schelotto added Parma’s fourth in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
1. Howard Webb, Arsenal vs. Liverpool
English football’s most famous referee had one of his more forgettable performances Sunday, and he left Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fuming at the final whistle of Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski had spotted the Gunners a two-goal lead early in the second half before Steven Gerrard pulled one back from the spot just shy of the hour-mark, and soon after the Reds might well have had another penalty when Oxlade-Chamberlain chopped down Luis Suarez inside the area.
But Webb, who should also have handed Gerrard his marching orders for a series of fouls, was unmoved by the Reds’ complaints, which upon review turned out to be completely legitimate.