Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend: Officials Cost Dortmund Dear

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMay 19, 2014

Biggest World Football Blunders of the Weekend: Officials Cost Dortmund Dear

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    We're not quite in full-on World Cup mode just yet, with plenty of important fixtures still taking place across the globe right up until the big kick-off in Brazil.

    This weekend alone saw the La Liga title decided, the conclusion to the top-flight seasons in Italy and France and the domestic cup finals in England and Germany, with plenty of perches taken up on the edges of seats throughout.

    But where did the biggest mistakes come? And who was left red-faced?

    Here are the biggest blunders of the weekend:

Dortmund Left Cursing a Lack of Goal-Line Technology

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    Would goal-line technology have ensured that it was Borussia Dortmund who won the DFB-Pokal on Saturday evening and not Bayern Munich? It's impossible to tell, but Dortmund certainly weren't helped by the officials in Berlin.

    Mats Hummels looked as though he'd put his side ahead with a stooping header, only to be denied on the line by Bayern's Dante. However, a look at the replays here suggests that the header crossed the line.

    According to, Jurgen Klopp later said:

    "We scored a goal that didn't count. All of my substitutes saw that

    "I don't want to pin the blame on the referee, but the goal would have changed a lot. We lost 2-0 even though we scored a goal. The referee Florian Meyer told me you need the goalline technology for those things."

Kieran Gibbs Misses the Chance to Become an FA Cup Final Hero

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    Aaron Ramsey will now forever be remembered as the man who ended Arsenal's nine-year wait for a trophy with his FA Cup final-winning goal at Wembley, but that's only because his teammate Kieran Gibbs passed up the chance to write his name in the history books.

    With the score at 2-2 in normal time against Hull City, Gibbs blazed over a late chance when it looked easier to score.

    What are the odds that he'll forget about this moment when he recalls this memorable match in years to come?

Should Lionel Messi's Strike Have Stood?

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    Atletico Madrid clinched a dramatic and emotional La Liga title with their draw at Barcelona on Saturday, but as was pointed out on Spanish television in the aftermath, they were more than a little fortunate.

    Lionel Messi thought he'd scored a goal to put Barca 2-1 up in the match, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

    However, as this video shows there was no Barca player in an offside position when the initial cross came in, and then the ball reached Messi via a deflection off Atletico defender Juanfran and not Cesc Fabregas

Isaac Cuenca Plays Angry Bird

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    Emotions ran high at the Nou Camp after that result, as was evident when the players were leaving the stadium.

    Winger Isaac Cuenca responded to some heckling in a less than friendly manner, hardly recommended behaviour for a player who often struggles to get into the team... 

Bradley Wright-Phillips Fails to Give the Red Bulls Their Wings

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    Former Manchester City and Southampton man Bradley Wright-Phillips has largely been a hit with New York Red Bulls fans since moving to the MLS, even scoring two hat-tricks for the club.

    However, he spectacularly failed to hit the target in the Red Bulls' 2-0 loss at Toronto on Saturday, with this chance skied over the crossbar when it appeared easier for him to score and level the match in Toronto.

    Thanks to Kaan Ozcinar for the Vine.

Alessio Cerci Ensures Torino Won't Need Their Passports

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    A last-minute penalty for the chance to secure European football next season, and one of your most dependable players on the spot.

    Torino fans would have been backing Alessio Cerci to score from 12 yards in the dying seconds of the game at Fiorentina, only for goalkeeper Antonio Rosati to save the penalty and keep the score at 2-2, ensuring that Parma secured a Europa League place next season and Torino missed out.


    Thanks to Futbol Italiano for the Vine.

Gianluigi Buffon Isn't as Good with His Hands as You'd Expect

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    Gianluigi Buffon is usually so good with his hands, so we thought we'd end with a rare example of him failing with them from Juventus' title celebrations on Sunday.

    Thanks to @LaRovesciata for the Vine.