WE ALL make mistakes, but most aren’t in front of thousands of fans and live TV cameras. As Chelsea’s Fernando Torres twitches at the memory of his appalling miss against Man United, we prove he’s not alone by unveiling the five worst (or best) sport misses of all time.
Yakubu – Nigeria v South Korea
Maybe the earth moved slightly, or Yakubu suddenly remembered he’d left the oven on, but whatever the reason, the Everton striker defied the laws of physics when he connected with a low cross by sending the ball wide from three yards out, with nothing between him and the goal line. Oh, and Nigeria were trailing South Korea 2-1 in the 2010 World Cup at the time, so an important miss then. Now a video favourite in the Torres household.
Check out some classic failed goal attempts.
Phil Tufnell – England v New Zealand
With his famous hop, skip and jump, Tuffers took 121 wickets in 42 Tests for England. But you’d never guess it from the delivery he sent down against New Zealand’s Craig McMillan in 1999. As the left-arm spinner was about to release the ball, it squirmed like a bar of soap from his buttered fingers, missing the wicket by the length of a London bus, before McMillan chased it down and tonked it to the boundary.
Watch a cricketer who rarely missed the wicket.
Stephen Hendry 1998 Masters Final
You’d have bet your major organs on Stephen Hendry sinking a straight black with the ball practically setting up home in the jaws of the middle pocket. But you’d have lost your major organs, as one of the game’s greats watched the ball wipe its feet but not go in, leaving Mark Williams to sink it and carry off the pot.
Enjoy Hendry not missing easy pots.
Retief Goosen 2001 US Open
Around 21 inches of golf green as smooth as, well a golf green, separated Retief Goosen’s ball from the last hole of the US Open at Oak Hills. With the putt worth one silver cup and $900,000, the talented South African had a crazy-golf moment, knocking the ball around the edge of the cup, to land further away than it started. Ok, so he later won the play off against Mark Brooks, but he’s still the guy who missed a sitter in front of millions.
Don Fox – Wakefield Trinity v Leeds
There was a minute left of the 1968 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final when Trinity’s Don Fox had a conversion chance to win the game. The good news was that it was right in front of the posts. The bad news was that rain of biblical proportions had turned the Wembley pitch to watery porridge, and in front of 87,000 fans Don slipped à la John Terry and managed to skew the ball wide. ‘Poor lad,’ said commentator Eddie Waring.
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