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4 Craziest Open Goal Misses In Football History, See It Here


1. Nigeria's Yakubu Aiyegbeni vs. South Korea

Yakubu scored 21 goals for his country, a feat that should not be overlooked, especially by the previously untapped FFT. However, it should have been 22.

When the ball arrived at his feet in this group stage match at the 2010 World Cup, the then-Portsmouth striker was in the center of the six-yard box, three yards from the goal.

Meanwhile, the South Korean defenders were too preoccupied in appealing for offside to create pressure on their opponent. It didn't matter, though, because Yakubu's incredible gaffe cost Nigeria the bottom spot in Group B.

2. Arnaldo Vera, Libertad vs Emelec

In the often-violent environment of South American club football, the basic shin guard is a valuable piece of equipment, but the protective pad did Vera no favors in this 2003 Copa Libertadores clash.

The centre-Paraguayan back's club, Libertad, won 5-1 against Ecuadorian side Emelec, but Vera was responsible for possibly the greatest miss in competitive history when he shinned a shot from a yard against the bar. The Emelec defenders were so taken aback by Vera's failure to convert that it took them a long time to hook the loose ball away.

3. Scotland vs. Norway, Chris Iwelumo

When Iwelumo was called up to the Scotland squad to face Norway in 2008, he presumably hoped to score the game-winning goal on his debut. Instead, the striker was forced to live out his worst nightmare, directing Gary Naysmith's low cross from three yards out wide of the post.

""My missus forced me to delete it from Sky Plus after four or five days, so, sure, I saw it," Iwelumo revealed later. "It was difficult, but I had no choice."" The World Cup qualifier ended in a stalemate.

4. Qatar's Fahad Khalfan vs. Uzbekistan

A well-executed dummy may be both creative and successful, but doing one while you're the goalkeeper and an opponent is coming down on you isn't always the best idea. Timur Juraev of Uzbekistan fainted, apparently in disgust, after allowing the ball between his legs in this Asian Games quarter-final in 2010, giving Fahad Khalfan a good opportunity to break the deadlock after only 45 seconds of extra time.

The Qatari took a touch to bring the ball into the goal before toe-poking it into the post. Even though he should have used his right foot, it was much easier to miss with his left.

Which other open goal miss should we have added?

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