When Fernando Torres scored for Chelsea against Manchester United yesterday, he must have thought that his wretched run of form was finally over.
A return of just one goal in 15 appearances for the Blues since his £50million move from Liverpool, had caused many to question whether the west Londoners had been sold down the river, as comparisons between the former Spanish sensation and another high-profile Stamford Bridge flop, Andrey Shevchenko, continued to gather pace.
However, one clinical finish later, right at the start of the second half at Old Trafford to get Chelsea back into the game, and it looked as if the proverbial monkey had been lifted from Torres' back. That is until the 83rd minute at least.
For all the positives of his performance - his movement, his link-up play, and work rate were all impressive - one lapse in concentration saw his demons return as quickly as they had disappeared, meaning the game will be best remembered for a single defining moment.
The greatest miss in the history of the Premier League? Perhaps. Given the occasion, the state of the game and the cost of the man in question - Torres' open-goal gaffe will live long in everyone's memory.
But with every cloud, there is a silver lining, and at least Ronny Rozenthal could sleep a happy man last night.
GMF brings you three of the other best/worst missed chances in Premier League history:
1. Ronny Rosenthal [1992-93]
Liverpool's first season in the newly formed Premier League was a year to forget after spending the majority of the campaign in the bottom half of the table despite being tipped as pre-season title favourites.
A season defining moment came in a game against Aston Villa when Ronny Rosenthal, a £1.1million signing from Standard Liege hit the crossbar with an open goal under no pressure.
2. Nwankwo Kanu [2004-05]
West Brom's home defeat at the hands of then manager Bryan Robson's former club Middlesbrough was made all the worse when the Nigerian striker missed a golden opportunity to equalise for the Baggies, turning a Geoff Horsfield cross over the bar from two yards out.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo [2006-07]
Manchester United won 2-1 at Bramall Lane thanks to a goal in each half from Wayne Rooney. But the game will be best remembered for two missed chances - both of which fell to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese winger sliced onto the crossbar before blazing over from three yards with an open goal at his mercy.
Fernando Torres v Manchester United [Sunday 18 September, 2011]
Having been played through one-on-one by Ramires, Torres side-steps the outrushing David De Gea, before slicing a left-footed shot wide of an unguarded net. But how does it rate against the other all-time Premier League misses?
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