Here are my top 10 moments when it just was not meant to be. Some are funny, some changed careers and some were simply awful. None the less, very entertaining! Any I’ve missed…don’t hesitate to comment!! Enjoy…
Liverpool v AC Milan – Shevchenko v Dudek
Extra time in Istanbul and Jerzy Dudek produces a save that he probably knew nothing about. Shevchenko shoots from two yards, but via the goal-keepers hand, goes out for a corner. The rest, as they say, is history…
World Cup Final 94’ – Roberto Baggio
After his five goals in the knock-out stages of USA 98 helped Italy into the final, Baggio, who was widely regarded as one of the best in the World, sent his penalty into orbit and gave the Brazilians the World Cup.
Villarreal v Arsenal – Juan Roman Riquelme
The Spanish side completely outplayed the Londoners in the second leg at El Madrigal and had the chance to level the tie on aggregate when they were awarded a last-minute penalty. Set-piece king Juan Roman Riquelme stepped up but his tame penalty was saved by Jens Lehmann. Arsenal went on to reach the final but lost to Barcelona.
Argentina – Martin Palermo 1st 2nd 3rd time
Ah, viewing of the highest standard. Martin Palermo, insistent on avenging his first penalty miss, goes on to miss not only one but two more. Somebody up there really didn’t want him to score!
Manchester United v Chelsea – John Terry
One of the most infamous penalty misses of the last decade. Captain JT stepped up to take the penalty that could have sealed the Champions League for Chelsea. Alas, as Terry slipped in the Russian rain, United went on to steal the cup while Terry’s tears were broadcast around the World.
Bolton v Aston Villa – Dean Holdsworth
A moment to forget against Aston Villa in the FA cup semi final at the old Wembley Stadium. Villa keeper David James had erratically left his penalty area to thwart Eidur Gudjonsson, only to be coolly rounded by the Icelandic international, who squared the ball to Holdsworth. Holdsworth, rather than convert the chance from 6 yards out into the open goal, blazed wildly over the bar, to the shocked amazement of Wanderers fans. Wanderers went on to lose the game on penalties
Arsenal v Galatasaray – Uefa Cup Final
Extra time in the Uefa Cup final in 2000. Galatasaray and Arsenal played out a frantic 90 minutes but it was in extra time when the ominous signs began to appear. Ray Parlour whipped over a cross from the right wing. The ball was met by Theirry Henry who saw, to his disbelief, his header saved by a scrambling Taffarel. Galatasaray would go on to win the Cup with Henry and Co still wondering how it didn’t go in.
Turkey v Germany – Euro 2008
The Turks were the surprise package of the tournament. Late goals in the group stages and knock-outs had ensured their place in the semi finals. After knocking Croatia out on penalties, they came up against Germany. Semih Senturk’s late goal had seemingly set-up extra time but an even later goal by Phillip Lahm finally sunk Fatih Terim’s men. Third time not so lucky.
Scotland v Norway – Chris Iwelumo
‘He’s missed it!’ Just as shocked as every other person, the Scottish commentator could not believe what he had just seen. Iwelumo found the ball at his feet three yards from goal with the goalkeeper nowhere to be seen… and he put it wide. Scotland drew that game against Norway at Hampden Park 0-0. It was a World Cup qualifier. And Iwelumo’s debut.
Carragher v Portugal
In his autobiography, Carra wrote ; ‘Eriksson took the blame when we lost to Portugal in the World Cup, but for a while the investigation even focused on me. Eriksson’s assistant Tord Grip highlighted my penalty miss as a chief factor in our demise.’ I wonder what Grip highlights as the reason for France 98 then?