Monday 22 January 2018

Slippy fingers and red faces

An extra-time mistake by Reading's Adam Federici condemned his team to defeat in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal. Here, we look at some other costly goalkeeper blunders.


Federici's opposite number at Wembley on Saturday had made an error of his own earlier in the game as he conceded Reading's equaliser - and was guilty of a more costly gaffe at the same ground four years earlier. The Poland international got in a mix-up with Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny in the 89th minute of the League Cup final against Birmingham and the loose ball that ricocheted off Szczesny was converted from close range by Obafemi Martins to seal a 2-1 win for the Blues.


One of Szczesny's most famous predecessors between the sticks for Arsenal endured one of the most painful nights of his career with the club in 1995 as former Tottenham man Nayim lobbed him from an outrageous distance in the final moments of extra-time of the Cup Winners' Cup final, handing the trophy to Real Zaragoza. Again, he was caught out by a long-range effort as Ronaldinho's free-kick secured a 2-1 win for Brazil in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final and sent England crashing out.


England were haunted by a goalkeeping gaffe once more at the 2010 World Cup as Green let Clint Dempsey's shot slip from his grasp and over the line in the Three Lions' opener against the US.


England missed out on Euro 2008 after losing 3-2 at Wembley against Croatia in their final qualifying fixture in November 2007, and it was a mistake by home goalkeeper Carson which sent the visitors on their way to victory as he fumbled an early Nico Kranjcar shot into the net.

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