The Stat Line of the Night – 12/8/09 – Martin Erat
Soccer Player Misses Wide Open Net (Video)
The words “of all time” get thrown around a lot these days, and their meaning is severely diminished by the frequency with which they’re used. That’s not going to stop me from using them here though. This is the worst soccer miss of all time. I’m not saying I have seen every soccer shot ever, but this guy misses so badly its almost painful to watch. Let’s just say this is the opposite of that extraordinarily long goal from the other day.
But people have missed this badly before, you say? Maybe, but not people as skilled as this soccer player. Although it is unclear the level of play in this league or where it takes place, the clip shows the same player scoring an unbelievable goal from way out in a different game. You can just tell from his form and the accuracy with which he kicks the ball in the second shot that he is normally a relatively talented player.
So how could he miss so bad? We all have moments where we lose concentration I guess. In the first part of this clip, the player fakes out the goalie and then has no one to beat about 10 feet from the net. You can tell he overthinks it because instead of kicking it right in, he awkwardly dribbles right up to the goal and then completely shanks it to the left. Oops. Maybe he should have just cheated like Henry.
I love when athletes who are clearly better than me make bonehead plays like that. Gives us regular folk the chance to laugh at them, instead of them laughing at us as they order “fries with that” from us at the McDonalds Drive-Thru.