Harder than it looks?
Harder than it looks?
Germany have won the World Cup this summer, the Under-19 European Championships, and now, the Women’s Under-20 World Cup as well.
Lena Petermann did her best Mario Goetze impression and scored the only goal of the final in the 98th minute of extra time to seal the Germans’ third triumph in the span of six weeks — but it could have been very different were it not for a colossal error by their Nigerian opposition.
In the 83rd minute, the Super Eagles thought Asisat Oshoala - voted the tournament’s best player - scored the late winner after her header beat the German goalkeeper, but the goal was correctly ruled out after her overzealous teammate Loveth Ayila thundered the ball across the line needlessly from an offside position.
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We’re not sure anything will ever “top” Junior Malanda’s miss of the century in Friday’s Bundesliga opener, but AB Copenhagen’s Nichlas Rohde will come as close as you can possibly get.
The Danish forward managed to hit the simplest of rebounds off the post from just a yard out. Unlike in Malanda’s epic miss, the ball was flat on the ground after the opposing goalkeeper made the initial save - but to give Rohde the teeniest bit of credit, the goalkeeper was still somewhat in the picture, and he did hit the post…
No, you’re right. Still no excuse.
It’s quickly becoming an epidemic: Nobody can take corner kicks anymore.
Olympique Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was able to accomplish a nearly impossible feat: Hitting Guingamp’s scoreboard with this horrendous corner.
Were it not for the scoreboard, who knows where the ball would have landed. Out of the stadium? Out of the atmosphere? Sadly, we’ll never know.
Image provide by Reuters.
Robbie Keane tallied the perhaps worst assist you’ll ever see Saturday night vs the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The LA Galaxy forward completely fluffed a shot in the penalty area, but the ball somehow trickled over to Marcelo Sarvas, who slotted it home. Keane even turned away in disgust after his whiff, but now he’s got another assist on his stat sheet:
Just how he drew it up!
GIF via Reddit
It is not an exaggeration to say that Junior Malanda will never, ever live this miss down. It has to be one of the worst — if not the worst of the worst — miss to ever happen in a soccer match. There aren’t words to do it justice, so just watch in awe.
Just…how? The ball was practically on the line already, he just had to push it over. A puppy could score that.
To make matters worse, Wolfsburg lost to Bayern, 2-1, and had Malanda managed to tuck that one away, it would’ve been a huge draw in their Bundesliga opener, and only their second point ever in Munich. It was not to be.
We hear about it all the time.
Managers and players the world over have, at one time or another, blamed field conditions for poor results or unwatchable displays of football. And to be fair, some pitches have been truly horrendous. Remember the Cowboys Stadium turf for the International Champions Cup last summer? Or this water-logged pitch in Kazakhstan? Classic!
Well, those grounds look like a freshly cut and watered pitch at God’s personal Wembley Stadium up in heaven compared to what the Portland Timbers encountered in Guyana ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League tie vs Alpha United.
Not a joke: a professional soccer team actually plays here:
Guyana away pitch. Welcome to CCL! pic.twitter.com/52nBPVBDoS— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson)August 18, 2014
That… — can we call it a pitch’” — is actually mostly used for cricket, but that doesn’t explain why footballers have agreed to play here, or why Alpha United are allowed to host CONCACAF Champions League games in the first place. Really, there’s nowhere else you can play?
In any case, for the rest of time, no team is allowed to complain about field conditions ever again. Except the Timbers.
Quickly-taken short corners are a nice change-up to the usual set-piece routine, but it helps when you actually strike the ball.
Nantes midfielder Serge Gakpé failed to do just that this weekend, instead taking out the corner flag and drawing raucous laughter from the crowd. Surely this must be one of the worst corners you’re ever likely to see:
To be fair, that darn corner flag really does get in the way sometimes. Anyone remember this gem from Armenia’s Aras Ozbiliz last year?
During Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Greek champions Olympiakos on Sunday, new Reds signing Lazar Markovic hit an unassumijng security guard in the head!
Markovic’s shot may have been off target, but he did strike a “lazar” straight at the guard!
Fernando Torres is already in his mid-season form. Unfortunately, that’s “Torres’ form,” and not anybody else’s.
How do you mess this up? HOW?!
At least Jose Mourinho will be happy to know that if he needs his team to miss a sitter, Torres is still his guy.