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The Most High-Profile Goalkeeping Mistakes …After Karius’ Nightmare In Kiev

botchway May 29, 2018


Loris Karius suffered professional tragedy on Saturday night in Kiev as the Liverpool goalkeeper committed two disastrous mistakes in the biggest game of his career.

The German was left in tears after his calamitous errors gifted Real Madrid two goals and consigned Liverpool to a heartbreaking defeat in the Champions League final.

But Karius is far from the first to mess up with millions watching, here Sportsmail examine some of the worst high-profile goalkeeping errors ever.


David Seaman

Brazil 2-1 England – World Cup 2002 quarter-final

David Seaman was a brilliant goalkeeper for both Arsenal and England but he had huge, huge flaw in his game. He couldn’t deal with long-range lob. England had taken the lead through Michael Owen






Brazil won a free-kick around 35 yards out from goal towards the right-hand side and Ronaldinho stepped up to deliver a cross into the box.

But instead the Brazilian’s side-footed effort swung high and over Seaman, who was slightly off his line, before nestling into the top corner.


Rene Higuita

Cameroon 2-1 Colombia – World Cup 1990 last 16 

Rene Higuita wasn’t exactly a conventional player. Higuita took risks in all facets of his game. As a goalkeeper, they would often result in a goal. Higuita joined his fellow Colombia midfielders near the half-way line in extra time of their second-round match against Cameroon.

Just as the Colombian commentator was describing him as an ‘exceptional sweeper’, Higuita received a slightly awkward pass from a team-mate, attempted to dribble clear and was robbed by Roger Milla who raced up field to score the decisive goal.


Peter Enckelman 

Birmingham 3-0 Aston Villa – Premier League 2002

It might not have been at a World Cup final but for fans inside St Andrew’s on September 16 2002, Peter Enckelman’s error was just as momentous.

Playing for Aston Villa in the Second City derby away at Birmingham, Enckelman somehow conspired to mis-control Olof Mellberg’s tame throw-in and allowed the ball to trickle painfully into his own net.

David James

Wolfsburg 3-2 Portsmouth – UEFA Cup group stage 2008

Significant because it was Portsmouth’s one and only foray into European football, David James’ awful mistake against Wolfsburg ended Pompey’s UEFA Cup hopes in calamitous fashion.

Portsmouth were enjoying a memorable campaign, but needed a win to give themselves any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

With 16 minutes remaining and the match finely poised at 2-2, Sylvain Distin played a textbook pass back towards his goalkeeper, who was England’s No 1 at the time.

James waited for the ball to come but then played a casual side-footed pass directly into the path of Zvjezdan Misimovic who could scarcely believe his luck and tapped home for what proved to be the winning goal.

Rob Green

England 1-1 USA – World Cup 2010 group stage

USA striker Clint Dempsey twisted and turned to create an opening on the edge of the area but could only muster a weak shot and Green set himself for what looked set to be a comfortable save.

But somehow Green failed to gather and the ball bounced off his arms and trickled agonisingly across the line behind him.


Moacir Barbosa

Uruguay 2-1 Brazil – World Cup 1950 final

It doesn’t get any bigger than this. Moacir Barbosa’s mistake in the 1950 World Cup final cost Brazil victory on home soil and completely destroyed the best goalkeeper of his generation’s reputation, causing him serious trauma in later life.

With the score at 1-1 and 12 minutes to go, Brazil were on course for their first World Cup success in front of 200,000 supporters at the Maracana.

But disaster struck when Barbosa charged out as he expected a cross from Uruguay’s Alcide Ghiggia only for the winger to spot the gap and stroke home the winner for the underdogs.

Credit: dailymail.co.uk





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