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5 Biggest Blunders in World Football This Weekend with Hart, Ruffier, Artur

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2014

5 Biggest Blunders in World Football This Weekend with Hart, Ruffier, Artur

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    We've had another weekend full of incredible action, but once more, the games around the globe have been littered with plenty of howlers and mistakes.

    This week, we're focusing almost exclusively on goalkeepers—with just one familiar face making a return to represent the outfielders.

    If your own team's last line of defence left something to be desired this weekend, look away now.

Stephane Ruffier

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    Stephane Ruffier, oh dear.

    Playing in goal for St.-Etienne against the riches and the might of Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, the thing you probably least want to do is simply gift them a goal. Literally, giving them a goal out of nothing.

    In other words, don't do this.

Junior Malanda (Again)

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    Remember Junior Malanda missing an open goal from a yard or so out last weekend?

    Yeah, that.

    He's done it again this weekend for Wolfsburg against Eintracht Frankfurt. His side drew the game 2-2 this week. Watch the fluffed moment right here.

Allan McGregor

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    This one actually came midweek, but Hull City's early exit from Europe certainly had a certain element of ill-fortune attributed to it as they exited the Europa League on goal difference.

    Goalkeeper Allan McGregor made a horrendous error as he gave the ball straight to the opposition—the only goal of the game.

    It comes around 00:50 on the video.

Artur

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    The Primeira Division is usually a three-horse race between Sporting CP, Benfica and Porto. The first two played each other on Sunday evening in a 1-1 draw, but Benfica will feel rather robbed of two points.

    It was nobody's fault but their own though...or at least their goalkeeper's.

    Artur did not clear the ball particularly well, resulting in a hugely unnecessary equaliser for Islam Slimani.

Joe Hart

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    Another goalkeeping blunder now, this time from reigning Premier League champion Joe Hart of Manchester City.

    Mame Biram Diouf certainly did exceptionally well to run as far and fast as he did for Stoke City, but his shot absolutely should have been stopped by Hart.

    Instead, the effort went through his legs, and City lost 1-0 as a result.

     

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