Video: PEC Zwolle defender Kingsley Ehizibue misses an open goal from one inch

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Missing an open goal - it’s a footballer’s worst nightmare.

Thousands of fans laughing at you whilst your teammates just ignore you for the following few days.

It’s even worse when you're a professional footballer and there’s hundreds of cameras in the ground meaning your miss will be played over and over again, featuring in the numerous bloopers DVDs released at Christmas time.

If you do receive any of these DVDs, you will no doubt see Kingsley Ehizibue’s miss from this weekend (video below).

Firstly, his side PEC Zwolle are leading Feyenoord 2-1 in the 88th so why on earth is Ehizibue - who is a defender - in an attacking position?

The miss

Now, let’s talk about the miss.

His teammate goes through on goal and attempts a delicate little dink over the onrushing goalkeeper to try and make it 3-1 late on. The chip is beautiful but it hits the underside of the bar and bounces on the line.

Not to worry, though, Ehizibue is there who will surely apply the finishing touch - he is one inch out after all.

But the defender somehow misses his header. He probably didn’t even need to touch it - just a strong blow would have probably done the job! 

You really do have to see it to believe it.

Not only does he miss the header, he falls onto his knees and ends up in the back of the net - where the ball should have been.

Imagine the scenes if Feyenoord had gone up the other end of the pitch and scored a late equaliser.

If you’ve just watched the above video, you’ll be astonished to hear that Ehizibue actually made amends for that miss by scoring in injury-time to make it 3-1.

I’m sure his teammates will be reminding him of his miss rather than his goal after the match, though!

Other horrific misses

Let’s compare Ehizibue’s miss to other high-profile open goal howlers in the past.

Fernando Torres got massive stick for missing an open goal at Old Trafford during Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester United. As you can see in the video below, though, Torres was a whole seven yards out - seven yards further out than Ehizibue.

What about Ronny Rosenthal back in 1992? He was playing for Liverpool when he rounded the Aston Villa goalkeeper to leave himself with an easy tap-in. But he somehow struck the crossbar with his left foot from eight yards - again much further out than Ehizibue.

Polar opposite

Ehizibue’s miss comes in the same week that Faiz Subri scored a 35-yard free-kick for Pulau Pinang to put him in early contention for the Puskas Award.

Ehizibue couldn’t finish from a few centimetres while Subri was smashing the ball in the top corner from an incredible distance.

Is Kingsley Ehizibue’s miss the worst miss of all-time? Let us know in the comments box below!

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