In light of Matt Richie’s blatant miss in front of goal on Monday night, Briefly.co.za decided to review some of the most shocking misses of all time.
Rocky Baptiste v Waltham Abbey
Rocky Baptiste made a name for himself in non-league football.
However, in the match against Waltham Abbey, Baptiste had a shocker of a first half as he had the goal at his mercy.
He looked to be walking the ball into the back of the net but ended up knocking the post instead.
Ironically, Baptiste scored with a cracking long-range volley in the second half.
Ronny Rosenthal v Aston Villa
Ronny Rosenthal achieved notoriety for his unbelievable miss against Aston Villa.
Playing for Liverpool, the forward beat the goalkeeper and could have walked the ball into the net but instead elected to shoot and blazed the ball into the crossbar.
Nwankwo Kanu v Middlesbrough
The enigmatic Nigerian was unplayable on his day – as witnessed with his incredible hat-trick for Arsenal.
However, this was most definitely not his day as West Bromwich Albion played Middlesbrough.
Arguably, the greatest miss ever in the English Premier League, Kanu found himself a metre away from goal without the goalkeeper in sight but shot wide.
Jon-Dahl Tomasson v NAC Breda
The less said about this miss, the better.
Some chances really are tougher to miss than to score.
Peter van Vossen v Celtic
Rangers v Celtic matches have it all – passion, intensity, drama and quality.
They also boast one of the funniest misses ever.
Chris Iwelumo v Norway
A good defence lawyer may just be able to justify one or two of the earlier misses but there’s no excusing this howler.
Efforts such as these would be deemed unacceptable at non-league level, let alone an international contest.
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