Five of the worst open goal misses ever

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Thank you Scott Parker. The Tottenham Hotspur terrier provided for us all on Thursday night one of those rare moments of pleasure and hilarity.

Spurs were under the cosh against a very impressive Basel side in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash at White Hart Lane but Emmanuel Adebayor’s equaliser had given them a boost.

It was 2-1 and heading towards half time when Lewis Holtby broke through the Swiss defence and was well blocked.

It shouldn’t have mattered though, as Parker was following up to pick up any scraps.

However, to the horror of the England international and home crowd, the gaping open goal that was presented was not taken and Parker, somehow, managed to miss the target from all of five yards.

Some will argue over a deflection off of Holtby but GMF aren’t having that; he had time to take a touch, scratch his posterior and roll it in – have another look here.

As is ever the case, seeing such calamitous execution of a straightforward got GMF thinking of previous, similar instances.

We came up with five of them and here they are…

Nwankwo Kanu

Arsenal fans will always love and remember Kanu for his incredible match-winning hat-trick against Chelsea, where he showed amazing skill to bury the winner from a tight angle.

None of that skill was present, however, when he somehow managed to miss from two yards out when playing for West Brom against Middlesbrough.

It wasn’t even an air shot, the Nigerian made contact and incredibly scooped the ball up and over the bar – he couldn’t do it again if he tried.

Ryan Giggs

A miss is bad enough but against your fierce title rivals in an FA Cup tie and when you have just gone behind is worse. That is exactly what Giggs did in the fifth round clash with Arsenal.

Edu had only just given the Gunners the lead when Giggs pounced on a defensive mistake, went past David Seaman and left Sol Campbell on his behind to keave himself an open goal.

Giggs is a Premier League legend and top class player, so nobody would have expected what followed: the Welsh winger amazingly floated his tame shot straight over the bar. Giggs’ will have been feeling bad enough but it will have been compounded by Arsenal scoring a second and dumping United out of the cup.

Hamza Abourazzouk

A little known Moroccan striker gained internet fame earlier this year when he made one of the worst open goal blunders GMF had ever seen.

Abourazzouk was turning out for Raja Casablanca against Al Arabi when he was presented with an easy chance after the goalkeeper had committed himself.

He hit the post when he should have scored with his eyes closed but was, luckily, given another chance….yep, you guessed it: he hit the post again from even closer in. Absolutely shocking.

Fernando Torres

Poor Nando! He was having a hard time of it at Chelsea since his £50million move from Liverpool and his confidence was shot.

His problems appeared to be drifting away, however, when he scored beauty to reduce the half-time deficit of 3-0 to two. An improved performance had many hoping the old Torres was returning, but his demons came flooding back with only a few minutes left.

El Nino was played in by a brilliant Ramires pass and glided past David de Gea to surely take the deficit down to one? No. Torres did everything right except put the ball in the net; instead he produced a stunted poke at the ball and sent it wide.

Fahad Khalfan

Easily a candidate for worst miss ever seen on a football pitch, Fahad Khalfan’s blunder is hard to explain. Scott Parker was criticised for taking a touch; Khalfan did that and still missed.

What makes it even worse was that it was 0-0 in the 91st minute of a 2010 Asian Games match would have surely won the game.

We should be talking about a silly keeper trying a stupid dribble in his area when he should have cleared it. Instead we are talking about Khlafan robbing him, dribbling to within three yards of the gaping net and unbelievably scuffing the shot across the goal ands against the post. Only one thing can be said: where’s your right foot?!

What do you think are the worse misses ever? What do you think of the example above? Leave a comment below to let us know…

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