Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend: Spurs Duo Play Starring Roles

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMarch 10, 2014

Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend: Spurs Duo Play Starring Roles

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    As always across the globe this weekend, there were plenty of stunning moments to get world football fans leaping off their seats, but where's the fun in talking about them?

    No, instead we're going to take a look at the players who had shockers, the teams who underachieved and the moments which had us rewinding our set top boxes and falling down with laughter.

    Manchester City and Barcelona failed spectacularly, there was an attempt to outdo each other to produce the worst error of the match from Tottenham's players at Chelsea, and in Italy we saw a player evoke the spirit of Luis Suarez and bite an opponent!

    Check out the biggest blunders of the weekend:

Thorgan Hazard Fails to Copy Big Brother Eden

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    Whilst his big brother Eden and the rest of his team-mates were benefiting from some of the Tottenham mistakes we'll discuss later, Thorgan Hazard had a day to forget in Belgium.

    The youngster, on loan from Chelsea at Zulte-Waregem in his homeland, missed a sitter in stoppage time against Club Brugge.

    The 20-year-old pinched the ball away from the defender and, with the goal at his mercy, could only blaze over the crossbar.

    (Scroll to around 1 minute, 30 seconds on the video to see the miss).

Manchester City Fall to Wigan in the FA Cup...Again

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    Ten months on from losing the FA Cup final at Wembley, Manchester City must have felt that history couldn't possibly repeat itself when they took on a now Championship-dwelling Wigan Athletic in this year's FA Cup quarter-final.

    City had home advantage this time too, but they again saw Martin Demichelis play a starring role in a downfall as he clumsily tripped Marc-Antoine Fortune to allow Jordi Gomez to give Wigan the lead from the penalty spot in the first half.

    James Perch profited from slack defending to double the lead in the second half, with Samir Nasri's later strike proving nothing more than a consolation.

    With Barcelona and a two-goal deficit to face on Wednesday, City's quadruple dreams could soon be halved.

Bari's Bosnian Midfielder 'Does a Luis Suarez'

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    At least when Luis Suarez bites people he has the decency to do it above the belt...

    The Serie B clash between Bari and Virtus Lanciano erupted in acrimony on Saturday when Bari's Bosnian winger Enis Nadarevic, on loan at the club from Genoa, decided to bite the thigh of opponent Diego Falcinelli.

    Unlike the incident between Suarez and Branislav Ivanovic last season, the referee saw Nadarevic's bizarre act and sent him off, but that is unlikely to save him from a sizeable ban following an action which left a bad taste in the mouth. 

Bizarre Ghost Goal Given in Ecuador

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    This time it's the officials that make the blunder, and a pretty large one at that.

    A match in Ecuador between Deportivo Quito and Barcelona was locked at 1-1 late on when Quito's Christian Lara rounded the goalkeeper and, from a tight angle, saw his effort cleared off the line by a Barcelona defender, with the ball then hitting his fellow defender and going out for a corner.

    However, with no goal-line technology in Ecuador, officials claimed that they'd seen the ball cross the line, awarding a goal to both Lara and Quito.

    Almost inevitably, it turned out to be the winner.

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen Slips Up at Chelsea...

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    Tottenham had kept Chelsea at bay for almost an hour of their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, a crucial contest for Spurs as they strive for a place in next season's Champions League.

    Things were going well, then, but they suddenly took a dramatic turn for the worse thanks to a dreadful error from defender Jan Vertonghen.

    After receiving possession of the ball, the Belgian slipped and then panicked in that order, before playing a blind pass back to what he hoped was his goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. It wasn't.

    It was Samuel Eto'o, and the Cameroonian gleefully accepted the invitation to fire his side in front and on the way to a crucial three points...

... and Kyle Walker Later Follows in His Teammate's Footsteps

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    You'd have a strong argument for claiming that referee Michael Oliver's harsh decision to send off Younes Kaboul should be the next item on this list, but even that wasn't as glaring as the errors coming from plenty of Tottenham's players, who were on the receiving end of criticism from manager Tim Sherwood at full-time, as per the BBC.

    Eden Hazard's penalty and Demba Ba's strike put Chelsea 3-0 up, before an awful error from Kyle Walker allowed Ba to score his side's fourth.

    Walker had begun the match stationed on the right of Tottenham's attack, but a player who is no stranger to lapses in defensive concentration still found time to bizarrely opt to head the ball straight into the path of Ba to allow him to slot past a stranded Lloris.

    It was a scarcely believable error, but one that summed up Tottenham's night.

Levante's Nikos Karabelas Does Ronaldo's Job for Him

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    Real Madrid beat Levante 3-0 at the Bernabeu on Sunday night, and whilst there is nothing particularly surprising about that, Real's third goal was a little special.

    A customary Cristiano Ronaldo goal and Marcelo's strike put the hosts two goals up and well on the way to maintaining their leadership of La Liga, with Levante helping them out even more when David Navarro was sent off.

    The gifts kept coming though, and defender Nikos Karabelas rounded off Real's scoring for them when he haplessly sliced the ball into his own net from a Marcelo cross late on.

    Real have so many great attacking talents, and none of them were anywhere near the Greek before his tragedy.

Lee Cattermole Has a 'Mare as Sunderland Lose at Hull

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    Providing us with two blunders for the price of one, Lee Cattermole really is Tottenham Hotspur in solo form this week.

    To be fair to the Sunderland midfielder he had already received his customary booking in the FA Cup quarter-final against Hull City when he chased David Meyler back towards the penalty area, with Cattermole perhaps afraid of getting sent off as he failed to get in a potential saving challenge on Meyler, who drove on and fired the hosts 2-0 up.

    A miserable day for Cattermole and Sunderland at the hands of their former manager Steve Bruce was completed late on when the midfielder's disastrous back pass only served to act as a perfect through ball for forward Matty Fryatt, whose composed finish assured Hull of their place in an FA Cup semi-final against League One's Sheffield United.

Penalty Pain for Western Sydney's Mark Bridge

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    Missing a penalty in a local derby is bad enough; but missing a penalty in a local derby when the opposition goalkeeper has told you where he's going to dive?

    Western Sydney Wanderers were given a golden chance to go 2-0 up in the early stages of the second half of their derby match against Sydney FC on Saturday when the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

    Mark Bridge stepped up to take the spot kick, with Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic effectively daring him to put it to his left-hand side. Bridge attempted some reverse psychology by actually going for that side, only to see Janjetovic spring to his left and keep out the kick.

    To make matters worse for Bridge, Sydney FC then came back from a goal down to win 3-1. 

Barcelona Fall to Tame Defeat at Valladolid

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    A little like Manchester City's performance in their defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup, it is suitable to call the weekend display given by City's Champions League opponents Barcelona a blunder too.

    Barca were uncharacteristically anaemic in losing 1-0 at Real Valladolid, who started the day in the relegation zone and struck just 17 minutes in through Fausto Rossi.

    Despite the best efforts of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Neymar, who was awarded just a three out of 10 for his performance by Marca according to the Daily Mail, Barca couldn't hit back as they delivered another performance which has led many to question the wisdom of coach Gerardo Martino again.

    Barcelona are now four points off table-toppers Real Madrid and go to the Bernabeu on 23 March.