Epic Misses, Own Goal Among the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend
From the improbable to the bizarre, we’ve compiled another selection of knee-slappers for this instalment of the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend.
Over the following slideshow you’ll be treated to stunning misses, post hits, own goals and, just for fun, one of the strangest reactions to a red card you’re likely to see.
Following are the top five gaffes from the weekend’s action.
5. Jordi Figueras vs. Barcelona
Barcelona needed some help to see off a stubborn Real Betis side on Saturday, and they got it from visiting centre-back Jordi Figueras.
Barely a quarter-hour had ticked off the clock when the 26-year-old felled Alexis Sanchez for a penalty, and shortly after the hour mark Figueras struck again—this time directing Sanchez’ attempt past his own goalkeeper.
Barcelona ended up winning 3-1 at Camp Nou, and Figueras had a hand in two of the three Barca goals.
4. Guy Ramos vs. AZ Alkmaar
Roda JC and AZ Alkmaar played to an entertaining 2-2 draw on Sunday, but the biggest talking point from the encounter was neither the goals nor the two lead changes, but rather an incident in the 40th minute that should have had Guy Ramos blushing and certainly had Aron Johannsson all sorts of uncomfortable.
As Alkmaar prepared to take a free kick, Ramos grabbed Johannsson in a rather sensitive area as the two players lined up as part of the wall.
Johannsson, who would later find the back of the net, complained to the official, but Ramos, who would later be sent off for unrelated fouls, just laughed off the incident.
3. Felipe Melo vs. Fenerbahce
Ejections are pretty much par for the course whenever Galatasaray and Fenerbahce contest the Istanbul derby, and Sunday’s contest at Turk Telecom Arena didn’t disappoint.
Fenerbahce were reduced to 10 men when Emre was sent off—a decision that drew a bizarre reaction from Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo, who wagged his tongue at his opponent as he left the pitch.
But Melo, himself, was later ejected, and as he left the playing surface he insulted the referee with a clapping gesture before making quite the scene as he headed down the tunnel.
It would hardly be surprising if the Brazilian was dealt supplementary discipline as a result of his behaviour.
2. Kelvin Maynard vs. KSV Roeselare
This one comes from the Belgian second division.
Royal Antwerp should have taken all three points off KSV Roeselare over the weekend, but Antwerp defender Kelvin Maynard astonishingly missed an absolute sitter and, as a result, cost his side two points.
Antwerp and Roeselare finished their match knotted at a goal apiece.
1. Ivica Olic vs. Borussia Dortmund
Hitting the woodwork once is unlucky. Twice is an unfortunate coincidence. But twice off the same shot? That’s just eerie.
It’s also what happened to Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic on Saturday against Borussia Dortmund.
Chasing a cross to the far post, and with Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek draped all over him, Olic hit the upright with his initial effort, but the rebound came back off his body and hit the crossbar.
Dortmund ended up winning 2-1.