10 Worst Open Goal Misses In Football History

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10. Ryan Giggs vs Arsenal

Ryan Giggs will go down as one of the biggest legends in football after his illustrious career at Manchester United. Giggs spent 27 years at Old Trafford, and is currently the club’s record appearance maker with 963 games under his belt. The Welshman also won 34 titles in total during his time there, including 13 Premier League trophies and two Champions Leagues. Despite his fantastic contributions at United, not everything was sunshine and rainbows for Giggs. One thing that still haunts him todays is the his open net miss against Arsenal in a 2003 FA Cup match. The Welshman dribbled his way past Arsenal keeper David Seaman, and was left with an open goal but somehow struck the ball over the bar.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Sheffield United

Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of the deadliest players in the 18 yard box now, but that wasn’t always the way during his early days with Manchester United. In fact, Ronaldo perhaps played the worst game of his career when Manchester United travelled to Sheffield in 2006 for a Premier League game.

After missing an easy chance just 15 minutes earlier, Ronaldo was looking for redemption. Ryan Giggs provided him with the chance to do just that as he drilled in a low cross from the right. The Portugal captain’s eyes got wide as he prepared himself to take the shot at an empty net. However, to everybody’s surprise, he shot the ball over the bar.

8. Diego Forlan vs Juventus

This may seem like a lifetime ago, but Diego Forlan was once a Manchester United player. The Uruguayan was signed for £6.9 million fee in 2002 by Sir Alex Ferguson, after scoring 36 goals in 77 league games for Independiente. After a forgettable debut season at Old Trafford, Forlan was expected to turn things around in his season season.

However, the striker didn’t exactly meet the expectations. His time at England could be best represented by his incredible miss against Juventus in a 2003 summer friendly. Forlan was clean through on goal after a mishap from Juventus goalkeeper and defenders. With the goal at his mercy, all he had to do was tap it in, but he somehow managed to do the impossible and placed it wide.

7. Fernando Torres vs Manchester United

When Fernando Torres signed for Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007, he instantly became a sensation in England. The striker ended up scoring 65 goals in 102 league games for the Reds, which made Chelsea break the British record transfer fee in 2011 and snapped him up for £50 million.

However, the time at London was full of horror for Torres as he only ended up scoring 45 goals in 172 games. And the worst moment was during the away trip to Manchester United in the 2011/12 season. The Spaniard made a great run to receive a through ball and dragged the ball away from David De Gea with his first touch to make it an open goal for him. But with an empty net to aim at, Torres shot the ball with his left foot and it went wide.

6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs Reims

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may go down as the one of the finest strikers to have ever played the game, but even he had his fair share of misses. During a 2014 game against Reims, Ibrahimovic scored a brace to keep PSG from losing against a much weaker opposition.

With PSG going for the winning goal, Marco Verratti broke through the defense of Reims and only had the goalkeeper to beat. The Italian then slid the ball in for the Swede for an easy tap in but Ibrahimovic, somehow, hit the post.

5. Edin Dzeko vs Palermo

Since leaving Manchester City for Roma, Edin Dzeko has slowly emerged as one of the best strikers on the planet. He has scored 47 goals in 89 league games for the Italian club so far, which is a huge improvement from his time in England.

However, despite his amazing goal scoring form, Dzeko still has bad momenst in front of goal from time to time. After midfielder Radja Naingollan drilled in a low cross of the Bosnian, the latter received the ball and was no more than three yards out of the open goal. Somehow, he struck the ball wide, and almost looked like he was a defender trying to clear the ball.

4. Fahad Al Khalfan vs Uzbekistan

Fahad Al Khalfan became a world wide sensation in 2010 not because of his football skills, but because of his incredible miss against Uzbekistan. With the match being scoreless going into extra time, Al Khalfan had a golden opportunity to change things and bring glory to his country.

Taking advantage of a mistake by Uzbeki goalkeeper Timur Juraev, who flapped at the ball in the opening moments of extra time, Khalfan found himself almost completely alone inside the penalty area. However, he made a mistake by using outside of his boot to strike the ball, and instead ended up hitting the post.

3. Philipp Hofmann vs Union Berlin

There are some misses that can be understandable, but there are others that make you not believe your own eyes. Kaiserslautern Philipp Hofmann’s miss against Union Berlin in 2014 definitely falls in the latter category. The striker had the goal at his mercy from just two yards out and somehow put the ball way over the bar. Hofmann was shipped off to England as soon as the season was over, as he failed to make up for the incredible miss.

2. Kingsley Ehizibue vs Feyenoord

There is no way to sugar coat this. Kingsley Ehizibue of PEC Zwolle managed to hit the post while standing one yard from the goal line in one of the misses of the century. With Zwolle on course for an impressive win over Feyenoord, Queensy Menig’s clever chip over the onrushing goalkeeper in the final minutes bounced off the bar and beyond Ehizibue’s searching forehead.

The slightest of touches would have seen the youngster score. Ehizibue could have coughed on the ball and registered his third goal of the season. However, he hit the post instead.

1. Frank Mill vs Bayern Munich

In the number one spot, we have Frank Mill who spent eight years at Borussia Dortmund from 1986 to 1994. Being a striker, Mill scored over 200 goals in his career. However, it was not his goals that has people most remember him for, instead it is his incredible miss against Bayern Munich in 1986.

After rounding the keeper, Mill had about 10 seconds to pick his spot in front of an empty net with nobody around him. However, the German seemed to have lost his balance and when he struck the ball, it somehow hit the post — hence becoming the miss of the century.

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