Own Goals, Penalty Prank Among 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 some shocking own goals, an appalling miss from a former Premier League star and a failed penalty after its taker was distracted by an opposing fan baring it all behind the net.
Following are the top five gaffes from the weekend’s action.
5. David Luiz vs. Paris Saint-Germain
We’re going back a few weeks for this one, but it’s worth highlighting nonetheless.
David Luiz scored what proved to be Paris Saint-Germain’s winner in the first leg of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final tie with the Ligue 1 giants.
Bamboozled by Ezequiel Lavezzi’s delivery, the Brazilian turned the ball into his own net to put PSG 2-1 up just after the hour.
The French champions would go on to win 3-1, but Chelsea went through on away goals following last week’s 2-0 victory in the return fixture at Stamford Bridge.
4. Stephen Keel vs. FC Dallas
Seattle Sounders were also the beneficiaries of a recent own goal.
On Saturday, with FC Dallas leading the Pacific Coast outfit 2-1 in Texas, defender Stephen Keel inadvertently turned the ball past goalkeeper Chris Seitz to restore level terms.
Seattle would go on to win 3-2 thanks to a Clint Dempsey winner with five minutes left on the clock.
3. Diego Costa vs. Getafe
Atletico Madrid opened up a three-point gap on city rivals Real Madrid atop La Liga with a 2-0 win away to Getafe on Sunday, but they might have won 3-0 had Diego Costa managed to convert a penalty shortly after the hour.
Perhaps put off by a Getafe supporter baring his back-side as he approached the penalty marker, the Spain striker failed to convert his effort with Atletico 1-0 up.
He’d end up getting on the scoresheet, however, when he beat Jordi Codina with six minutes remaining.
2. Jo vs. Zamora
Former Manchester City and Everton striker Jo missed an absolute sitter in the Copa Libertadores on Thursday.
In alone on the goalkeeper, he somehow managed to lift his effort over the crossbar from in close before crumpling to the ground in embarrassment.
The Brazil forward still managed to score the only goal of Atletico Mineiro’s 1-0 victory, though.
1. Nils Petersen vs. Mainz
Werder Bremen attacker Nils Petersen gifted Bundesliga opponents Mainz a fifth-minute lead on Saturday when he scored a goal any striker would be proud of from Johannes Geis’ corner.
Mainz would double their lead just 11 minutes later, and by the 39th minute they were 3-0 up and cruising to a straightforward three points.