Howler from Lithuania Among Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend
We’re going eclectic in this instalment of the Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend.
Over the next five slides, you’ll have the chance to see Pepe nutmegging Marcelo in Real Madrid training and an own goal from Barcelona’s come-from-behind win against Villarreal.
We’ll also take you to Lithuania for a goalkeeping howler, and we’ll rewind the tape a week or two to include some must-see mistakes from Scotland and Major League Soccer.
Let’s get to it.
5. Marcelo and Pepe in Real Madrid Training
You wouldn’t have known this based on their serious demeanor over the 90 minutes against Bayern Munich last week, but Real Madrid were rather loose as they trained for their Champions League semi-final against the holders.
Left-back Marcelo was nutmegged by teammate Pepe twice as the defense went through its drills, the final time ending up on his backside.
Madrid, of course, went on to beat Bayern 1-0 at the Bernabeu and will play the second leg of their tie on Tuesday in Bavaria.
4. Mateo Musacchio vs. Barcelona
Villarreal led Barcelona by a pair of goals before two "own goals" in quick succession allowed the reigning Primera Division champions back into Sunday’s match at El Madrigal.
First, it was Gabriel Paulista turning a Dani Alves cross into his own net.
Just 10 minutes later, Mateo Musacchio accidentally restored level terms when he headed another Alves ball past Yellow Submarines goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.
The stage was set for a Barcelona winner, and Lionel Messi rose to the occasion when he beat Asenjo with seven minutes remaining.
3. Calum Mallace vs. Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City stuffed four past Major League Soccer opponents Montreal Impact on April 19, but Calum Mallace’s own goal was the pick of the bunch.
Half an hour had elapsed before the hosts finally found the back of the net, and it was a spectacular header from Mallace off a throw-in that gifted Kansas City the lead.
Dom Dwyer would later bag a brace, and Aurelien Collin would also find the back of the net as the MLS Cup holders eased to a 4-0 win.
2. Jamie Hamill vs. Ross County
Heart of Midlothian picked up a 2-0 win at home to Ross County on April 19, and Jamie Hamill scored what proved to be the winner when he beat goalkeeper Mark Brown from the penalty spot.
His celebration took him barging down the touchline, where he steamrolled County manager Derek Adams.
Hamill was subsequently sent off, but Dale Carrick was able to double the home side's advantage in second-half stoppage time.
1. Mindaugas Malinauskas vs. Kruoja
Lithuanian side Atlantas were up 1-0 on rivals Kruoja when the visiting goalkeeper gifted the hosts a lifeline.
Rushing off his line in an attempt to punch away a cross, Mindaugas Malinauskas found himself out of position and could only watch helplessly as the ball bounced over his head and into the back of the net.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
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