Top 10 Worst Goal Misses In Premier League History

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45,000 Atletico Madrid fans have turned out in their droves to welcome Fernando Torres back to the club when he unveiled at Calderon, that may help the spanish striker forget about the struggling days at Chelsea, especially his famous open goal miss in the match against Manchester United.

Was it the worst miss the English topflight has ever seen?

Here, we attempt to answer that question by rounding up the top 10 Worst Goal Misses In The Premier League History.

10. Park Ji-Sung vs Middlesbrough, 2008

Park Ji-Sung, who blazed over from inside the six yard box in a game against Middlesbrough when it would surely have been more difficult to miss.

Gary Neville sent in a pass and the South Korean appeared to have the simple task of merely prodding in from point blank range, yet somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the bar.

Fortunately for him, United were already leading 1-0 through Dimitar Berbatov, whose goal was enough to seal the three points for the Red Devils.

9. Jason Puncheon vs Spurs, 2014

A lot of the sitters listed here occurred from six yards out or less, but some of the culprits can be pardoned by the fact the ball came at them at high speed or they were simply unprepared.

Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon certainly cannot hide behind that excuse, however, and nor can any other player who misses a penalty a mere 12 yards out from goal.

At the best of times, penalties can be something of a lottery and if the goalkeeper dives the right way there is usually very little you can do.

But when you don’t test the keeper at all, and send the kick high and wide into the stands, you deserve all the criticism coming your way.

As Puncheon found out recently when, on Monday this week, he received an FA charge over comments directed at Neil Warnock after the Talksport pundit criticised his penalty miss.

The miss in question came against Tottenham back in January, when the midfielder thwacked his effort into Row Z, with the penalty going down as one of the worst ever in the process.

Palace wound up losing the game 2-0, but Puncheon would have given his side a 1-0 lead had he shown just a little bit more composure and maturity.

8. Maxi Rodriguez vs Chelsea, 2011

In February 2011, Fernando Torres, who a month previously had joined Chelsea from Liverpool in a British transfer record £50 million deal, made his debut against his former side.

It would end in a disappointing 1-0 defeat for Torres, who was hauled off after just over an hour, but fortunately for him, his ineffectual performance against the Reds didn’t steal the headlines.

Instead, those went to Maxi Rodriguez, who was guilty of missing from two yards out after having the ball put on a plate for him by Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard sent in an inviting cross which bobbled across the face of goal toward Maxi, who evaded his marker on the far post but crucially leant back at the final moment and struck the crossbar.

His blushes were spared however by Raul Meireles, who struck 20 minutes from time to give his side an important win over the Blues.

7. Carlos Tevez vs Sunderland, 2010

Edin Dzeko wasn’t the first player to miss a complete sitter for Manchester City.

Back in 2010, while Dzeko was still plying his trade for German club Wolfsburg, it was Carlos Tevez leading the line for the Citizens.

Tevez had endeared himself with City fans in 2009 by joining from derby rivals United, but became the villain in August the following year after fluffing his lines in front of an open goal.

Sunderland were proving tricky opposition that day and the Sky Blues were struggling to break down their rearguard, but thought they’d finally cracked it when Yaya Toure squared for the Argentinian to tap in from 12 yards out.

Toure’s pass had completely taken Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet out of the game and the goal was gaping, yet Tevez could only balloon his effort into the stands.

As if to rub salt into the wounds, City lost the game 1-0 thanks to a last-gasp Darren Bent penalty.

6. Scott Sinclair vs Man Utd, 2011


In 2011, Scott Sinclair was presented with a golden opportunity to equalise against Manchester United, but instead left his club’s fans aghast with their head in their hands.

United were winning 1-0 at Liberty Stadium in a closely contested affair but considered themselves mightily fortunate to leave Wales with the three points after full time.

Wayne Routledge sent in a delightful chip from the edge of the area and the floating ball reduced defender Nemanja Vidic and goalkeeper David de Gea to mere spectators with Sinclair poised to score what looked a certain goal.

But instead, the ball got trapped between the winger’s legs and United cleared their lines. In the end, Routledge’s cross had only served to nutmeg his teammate.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Sheffield United, 2006

Even the world’s best player can have an off day.

Cristiano Ronaldo was recently crowned world player of the year after scooping the coveted Ballon d’Or and has scored a remarkable 34 goals in 32 appearances for Real Madrid this season.

But rewind seven years and Ronaldo was having a hard time putting the ball in the back of the net from six yards out for Manchester United.

In November 2006, Ronaldo bundled over from point blank range in a Premier League game against Sheffield United, with the ball appearing to cannon off his kneecap.

It didn’t matter. Wayne Rooney scored a brace in a 2-1 win for the Red Devils and Ronaldo scores more than he misses these days…

4. Nwankwo Kanu vs Middlesbrough, 2004

Nwankwo Kanu’s is no stranger to football blooper DVDs and his name has become synonymous with one of the worst ever misses from the Premier League era.

Kanu was playing for West Brom back in 2004 and, in a topflight game against Middlesbrough, stank up the pitch with this horror show.

Middlesbrough had taken a 1-0 lead at the half hour mark before Robert Earnshaw pulled one back for the Baggies six minutes later, but Bolo Zenden’s header put the visitors back in front.

And then came Kanu’s dreadful, dreadful miss. The Nigerian was teed up perfectly by Geoff Horsfield at the far post and all he had to do was stick a foot out and it would have been 2-2.

Instead, just a yard out from goal, the forward inexplicably tried to flick the ball in, but sent it harmlessly up into the air and the Baggies were beaten.

Albion manager Brian Robson was captured on video camera moments later mouthing “how did he miss that?” and a decade on we’re still scratching our heads in bewilderment.

The former Arsenal striker incredibly missed his effort while standing on the goal line, which is quite the remarkable feat.

3. Ronny Rosenthal vs Aston Villa, 1992

3. Ronny Rosenthal vs Aston Villa, 1992

Oh Ronny…

Over twenty years have passed since Ronny Rosenthal’s famous sitter against Aston Villa in the first month of the Premier League’s inauguration in 1992, but it remains an incredible miss.

The Liverpool marksman latched onto a long ball pumped all the way through a sea of Villa shirts from goalkeeper David James, and rounded his opposite number Nigel Spink with the goal gaping.

All that was left was for Rosenthal to roll the ball into an empty net. Little did he know it, the Israeli striker was about to be immortalised for one of football’s most famous misses.

Rosenthal glided past Spink’s despairing dive and with the goal gaping – and under no pressure – even had time to take an extra touch or two before chipping the ball up off the crossbar.

To his horror, the ball rebounded back into play and Villa cleared their lines. Worse still from Liverpool’s point of view, the Villans even won the game 4-2.

In the two decades that have passed, only two players have dropped bigger clangers than this.

2. Edin Dzeko vs Stoke, 2014

Edin Dzeko’s aforementioned miss was always going to finish high on a list like this.

Manchester City had already taken the lead against Stoke through Yaya Toure and substitute Jesus Navas presented the Dzeko with a gilt-edged chance to make it two.

Navas squared for his teammate to tap in from four yards but, with the goal at his mercy, the Bosnian got his feet in a tangle and was foiled by his traipsing left leg.

With top scorer Sergio Aguero out injured, this was Dzeko’s chance to prove to manager Manuel Pellegrini that he deserves to be getting more game time.

Instead, his mis-kick now means he hasn’t scored in the Premier League since January 29, in the rout against Tottenham Hotspur.

And with Aguero nearing full fitness again, and Alvaro Negredo playing well, Pellegrini may take one look at this and realise that Dzeko is only his third-choice striker at Etihad Stadium.

We only need to take one look at this and come to the conclusion that it is one of the worst misses the Premier League has ever seen.

1. Fernando Torres vs Man Utd, 2011

In 2011, the Spaniard joined the Blues for a British transfer record £50 million, but this incident, eight months after his January move, serves to highlight the fact things haven’t gone well since.

Chelsea were losing the game anyway at 3-1 and with just eight minutes to go the match was gone.

Still, Torres had earlier scored the away side’s only goal with a real beauty, and had a chance to show the world the real Fernando Torres was back to the peak of his powers with a second.

But, when Ramires played him through one on one with David de Gea, he danced round his compatriot and flashed wide of an open goal as jeers rained down from the Stretford End.

Torres buried his head in the turf as his cheeks flushed red and his confidence – and maybe even his very reputation – took a battering at Old Trafford.

So much more was expected from the £50 million man and it was a truly astonishing miss from a player of his calibre and ability. He hasn’t been the same footballer since leaving Anfield.

One of the most famous misses of the Premier League era, it will take quite the shocker for Torres to be usurped in the ‘worst ever miss’ category.


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