It’s Friday the 13th!
Not only it has been unlucky for Jesus, players like Steven Gerrard, Pepe Reina and Frank Lampard also suffered some blows on some particular days. To commemorate Friday the 13th, take a look at our top seven unlucky incidents of football.
7. Thierry Henry (France vs Republic of Ireland), 2009:
We start with the former Arsenal striker. Perhaps the greatest Premier League striker ever, Henry once tried to pull off a Diego Maradona and succeeded in the end. When Florent Malouda delivered a freekick, the Frenchman controlled the ball with his hand before crossing the ball for William Gallas to score. The goal was given and France went on to qualify.
6. Frank Lampard (England vs Germany), 2010:
Every football lover must remember this match. England took on Germany, and were two goals down, before Matthew Upson pulled one goal back to start his side on the comeback trail. Shortly after, Frank Lampard unleashed a shot at goal which looped over the head of Manuel Neuer and bounced down over the line. But alas, it was not given!
England ended up losing that match 4-1 but if that goal was allowed, who knows what could have happened at the end! Only good thing that came out of it was that it triggered the introduction of goal line technology in football.
5. Pepe Reina (Liverpool vs Sunderland), 2009:
It happened in a match between Liverpool and Sunderland when a beach ball made his grand entry into the football field. As Sunderland were pressing for a goal, Darren Bent took a shot, which was not so venomous to cross past Pepe Reina. However, it directly hit the beach toy and the two balls flew off in completely different directions. Unluckily for Reina, the football made his way to the goal.
4. Veria, 2011:
Teams who do not have proper striker always suffer and here is a great example! Take a look at how the Greek team Veria, while playing Levadiakos FC in the Greek 2nd division, could miss as many as five decent chances in the space of about eight seconds!
3. Stan Collymore (Liverpool vs Blackburn), 1996:
It was February 1996 and the likes of Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler were gracing Liverpool’s line-up. It happened in a match against Blackburn Rovers, when their goalkeeper Tim Flowers suffered a horror as a mild strike from Collymore touched an indent on the field before changing its trajectory to inside the goal.
2. Gary Neville (England vs Croatia), 2007:
Another goal-keeping howler caused Gary Neville score an own goal against Croatia in the qualifiers for Euro 2008. Paul Robinson, standing below the bars, was trying to clear a back pass from the former Manchester United defender and well, completely missed it! The ball slowly and sweetly ended up in the back of the net.
1. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool vs Chelsea), 2014:
Yeah, you guessed it right! That famous Steven Gerrard slip which cost Liverpool the league one season ago. It will probably remain the most unlucky event of football, ever.
That’s our list! Have a thought to share on Friday the 13th? Let us know in the comments below.
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