Five of football’s funniest mistakes

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Not every Premier League fan will agree (mainly, Saints supporters) but Artur Boruc did a great thing when he dallied and danced to gift Arsenal their opening goal in the 2-0 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Yep, the Poland international brought some much-needed comedy to the ridiculously serious world of the Premier League – the fact that he could then laugh at himself afterwards only makes GMS like him more.

Twisting and turning but not really going anywhere, Boruc handed Olivier Giroud the opening goal and, essentially, the game to the Gunners who put in another resilient performance to secure three points while not at their fluent best.

Boruc’s antics were hilarious and will certainly challenge for most hapless moment of this season, but where would it rate in an overall list?

GMS have picked out five possible candidates to challenge the Southampton ‘keeper for the title of football’s funniest mistakes.

As ever, tell which you think is the best in the comments section below and we want to know if you think there is another calamity out there that will tickle us pink.

Here they are:

Gareth Bale own goal v Liverpool

Tottenham fans will be licking their wounds today after being mauled by Manchester City and handed their backsides to them in the 6-0 thrashing at the Etihad Stadium.

We bet more than a few of them have thought about how different their season could be if Gareth Bale was still at White Hart Lane.

Even the world’s most dangerous players aren’t immune from embarrassment, however, and Bale proved this in the game with Liverpool last season, where he was floored by an Aaron Lennon goal line clearance smashing into his face…and then the goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo step-over stack

Now setting the footballing world alight with his seemingly endless stream of goals at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was once honing his skills at Manchester United.

He wasn’t exactly the most polished talent when at Old Trafford and he was prone to the odd hiccup when dazzling us with his array of tricks. This one below against a European XI is one of the best.

Most calamitous free-kick ever?

Chelmsford City midfielder Sam Corcoran is a name form football that would have been unlikely to ever enter the national consciousness, what with him playing outside of the football league.

However, nearly exactly a year ago he suffered the unfortunate coincidence of having his side’s Blue Square Bet South clash with Hayes caught on camera, which included a free-kick midway in the opposition half that he fluffed hilariously. He then had to watch the opposition go up the other end and score.

Adding injury to insult

Bury v Darlington saw one of the funniest own goals you are ever likely to see, though it also caused long-term damage.

Chris Brass of Bury was presented with a pretty simple clearance when a lofted pass was knocked into the penalty area, but his attempt to hook it back over his head to safety didn’t quite go to plan.

The giveaway was when it smashed into his face, nearly breaking his nose, before bouncing past his gobsmacked goalkeeper.

Henry & Pires take worst penalty ever

We love a bit of improvisation and when teams try something different and, possibly, outrageous. But the enjoyment of seeing the unusual is coupled with delight at watching it go wrong

Arsenal were only 1-0 up against Manchester City in their final year at Highbury, but Thierry Henry and Robert Pires decided the time was still ripe to try and emulate the famous Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen penalty from their Ajax days.

It’s hard not to smile when it goes wrong and as you can see from this ‘funny’ video that Henry is even trying to suppress a smile at a plan gone horribly, hilariously wrong.

Remember, we're not saying these are the funniest mistakes in football, they are just five of our favourites - now we want to know what yours are...

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