Sebastian Coates conceded three penalties during Sporting Lisbon 2-3 Rio Ave


Who remembers Sebastian Coates?

If you do, it's probably because he was one of Liverpool's worst signings of the Premier League era, bizarrely arriving in the summer of 2011 to the tune of £7 million.

And despite only making 21 appearances for the Reds, although it did admittedly include a screamer against Queens Park Rangers, he managed to reside at Anfield for four years.

However, by the time Brendan Rodgers had completed his first season at the club, Coates was repeatedly sent out on loan before being permanently offloaded to Sunderland in 2015.

Life at the Stadium of Light didn't treat him much better, but we're happy to report that Coates' career has experienced something of a renaissance at Sporting Lisbon.

Coates now residing in Lisbon

A club not to be sniffed at and boasting alumni including Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting have deployed the ex-Liverpool man on no less than 157 occasions over the last three seasons.

Nevertheless, while Coates' spell in Portugal has been one of general success, he hit international headlines for all the wrong reasons this weekend after a 3-2 defeat to Rio Ave.

It was a performance so terrible that it makes Jonathan Woodgate's Real Madrid debut, where he scored an own goal and was red-carded, look like an absolute masterclass.


Absolute nightmare vs Rio Ave

Things started poorly for the Uruguayan when he conceded a penalty and was given a yellow card in the sixth minute for a foul on Mehdi Taremi. Filipe Augusto stepped up and scored the spot kick.

Sporting turned things around, though, and goals from both Bruno Fernandes and Luciano Silva fired them into a 2-1 lead going into the final six minutes.

But that's exactly when the proverbial hit the fan for Coates, conceding a second penalty - once again for a foul on Taremi - that was dispatched by Ronan Jeronimo.

However, fast forward five minutes and Coates' disaster-class reached new heights by giving away a THIRD penalty and, you've guessed it, Taremi was the victim yet again.

To add insult to injury, Coates was given a second yellow card for the offence and watched as Augusto converted his second penalty of the evening to give Rio Ave a last-minute victory. 

We can hardly put the performance into words and even Coates himself, just before receiving his marching orders, could only smile at the sky in disbelief.

Even some of the best footballers in the world are partial to a bad day at the office, but we're inclined to think fans will be talking about Coates' absolute catastrophe for years to come.

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