Goalkeeping Howlers Among the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 17, 2014

Goalkeeping Howlers Among the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend

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    We’ve compiled quite the collection of goalkeeping howlers in this instalment of the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend.

    Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are where the most comical errors occurred. To round out our ranking, we’ve also included a bizarre incident in France that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic find the back of the net.

    We’ll chalk that one down to poor refereeing.

    Here, without further ado, are the five biggest mistakes from the weekend’s action. 

5. Christian Abbiati vs. Parma

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    Enough is already going wrong at AC Milan that the struggling Serie A giants hardly needed their goalkeeper getting sent off inside the first five minutes of Sunday’s match at home to Parma.

    The teams had barely begun to get a feel for each other when Christian Abbiati saw red for his challenge on Ezequiel Schelotto. The resulting penalty kick was converted by former Milan striker Antonio Cassano.

    Playing the balance of the match with 10 men, Milan went on to lose 4-2 on their own patch and drop to 11th in the standings. 

4. Lionel Jaffredo vs. Saint-Etienne

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    Saint-Etienne had made a good start away to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday—nearly taking the lead after 13 minutes at Parc des Princes.

    Moments later, it was the hosts who were in front, thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal that was not without controversy.

    Ibrahimovic finished a neat one-two with Blaise Matuidi to give PSG the lead in the 14th minute, despite the latter appearing to be in an offside position when the former's original ball was played.

3. Diego Marino vs. Sevilla

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    Sevilla reinforced their European position with a convincing 4-1 win at home to Real Valladolid on Sunday.

    Ivan Rakitic and Kevin Gameiro had given the hosts a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.

    Six minutes after the hour, Sevilla were 3-0 in front following an error from Valladolid goalkeeper Diego Marino.

    Attempting to spring one of his defenders, Marino ended up watching as his pass was cut off by Jose Antonio Reyes, who then earned a penalty for his side when Stefan Mitrovic handled his cross.

    Gameiro made no mistake from the spot, and Sevilla went on to win 4-1. 

2. Leonard Nienhuis vs. RKC Waalwijk

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    Thankfully for Leonard Nienhuis, his howler against Eredivisie rivals RKC Waalwijk didn’t end up costing Cambuur Leeuwarden the match.

    Cambuur were 1-0 up through Bob Schepers’ 17th-minute opener when Nienhuis made his mistake.

    Completely missing his attempted clearance, he proceeded to fall over the ball, allowing Damiano Schet to dispossess him and tap it into an open net.

    Martijn Barto would restore Cambuur’s lead shortly before the break, and the hosts would go on to win 3-2. 

1. Piet Velthuizen vs. PSV Eindhoven

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    Piet Velthuizen wasn’t as fortunate as Nienhuis.

    With barely six minutes gone in Vitesse Arnhem’s match at home to PSV Eindhoven, Velthuizen scuffed a back-pass from a defender and allowed Jurgen Locadia the simplest of goals.

    Zakaria Labyad would restore level terms just 11 minutes later, but Memphis Depay’s 29th-minute strike would prove the winner for PSV.