Let’s check out three more of the most hilarious goalkeeping howlers ever seen on a football pitch! Were you watching when any of these happened?
Rob Green – England V USA (World Cup 2010)
In the 2010 World Cup group stage in South Africa, England faced the USA. The Three Lions were a goal up, courtesy of a Steven Gerrard strike on 4 minutes. Then Rob Green between the England sticks committed this monumental howler which meant that the match finished in a 1-1 draw. The result left his team second in the group and meant they had to face the fearsome Germany in the round of 16. They lost that game 1-4 and went home!
Clint Dempsey picks up the ball for the USA in the final third. He turns one way and then the other, teasing the England defence. The attacker then unleashes a weak shot of zero merit, apart from the fact that it’s on target. Green fails to get his body properly behind the ball and it cannons off his gloves and into his own net!
Rene Higuita – Colombia V Cameroon (World Cup 1990)
Rene Higuita was one of the most eccentric goalkeepers to ever play the sport. The Colombian was nicknamed ‘El Loco’ (‘The Madman’ or ‘The Crazy One’ in Spanish). Known for his incredible acrobatics inside the box, he was a real showman on the pitch. His stunning ‘scorpion kick’ against England in 1995 was amongst the shot-stopper’s most memorable moments. However, in the 1990 World Cup against Cameroon, he decided to do this!
Rushing nearly 25 yards out of his goal, the man from Medellín appears to think he’s Diego Maradona. Unfortunately for him, he isn’t, and he loses the ball to Roger Milla who runs goalwards. By the time the goalkeeper chases him down and tries to put in a last-ditch challenge, the Cameroonian legend is already slotting home the West African nation’s second and decisive goal.
The howler effectively knocked Colombia out of the tournament. Higuita would later describe this hilarious moment as “a mistake as big as a house”.
Khalid Askri – FAR Rabat V Maghreb Fez (Moroccan Throne Cup 2009)
Former FAR Rabat goalkeeper Khalid Askri turned into an overnight YouTube sensation thanks entirely to this epic fail in the 2009 Moroccan Throne Cup semifinals against Maghreb Fez.
Askri concedes a penalty, which is taken by the opposition striker. The Rabat goalkeeper guesses right and dives well to his left to save the spot kick. The ball then spins and trickles back into his goal while the keeper is busy celebrating and kissing his shirt in front of the Rabat fans!