A slip on a football pitch can tarnish football careers. A simple slip can change the course of games, tournaments and even careers. Just ask the likes of Steven Gerrard.
We take a look at the top five most famous slips from Premier League footballers:
5) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) vs. West Bromwich Albion, 2015
The first slip on our list is by Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla from earlier this season. The Gunners needed to claim at least a draw from their fixture at the Hawthorns to claim the top spot in the league table back in November.
However, they failed to seize the opportunity like they have done on many occasions this season. The Gunners were trailing 2-1 when they were awarded a penalty late in the second half.
Then this happened:
4) Javier Hernandez (Manchester United) vs. Club Brugge, 2015
Before his move to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, Javier Hernandez featured for United in a Champions League qualifying tie against Club Brugge.
The Mexican international embarrassingly fluffed his lines while taking a penalty kick in the second leg of the tie. The slip didn’t affect the outcome of the tie as the Red Devils were already leading 7-1 aggregate.
However, Louis Van Gaal and Ryan Giggs didn’t look too impressed in the dugout, and it probably sealed Hernandez’s departure from the club.
3) David Beckham (England) vs. Turkey, 2003
Even the likes of Beckham can lose their cool from the penalty spot. England faced Turkey in a qualifying game for Euro 2004, needing a draw or a win to qualify for the tournament in Portugal.
When the score was tied at 0-0, David Beckham lost his footing from the penalty spot. However, the Three Lions managed to draw the game 0-0 and qualified for the Euros.
2. John Terry (Chelsea) vs. Manchester United, 2008
Chelsea were just a spot kick away from winning the club football’s most prized tournament in 2008. The final in Moscow was to be decided on penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier failed to convert his penalty, and John Terry stepped forward to take the decisive spot-kick for the Blues.
However, he slipped and cost his side the European crown against Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.
1. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Vs. Chelsea. 2014
This one is fresh in the memory of every football fan. With three games left in the league season, the Reds had a three-point lead on second-placed Manchester City.
Chelsea visited Anfield in the 36th game-week of the season. With the score tied at 0-0 at the stroke of half-time, Gerrard slipped in his half to allow Demba Ba to take the ball and score past Simon Mignolet.
The Blues won the game 1-0, and Gerrard’s dream of winning a league title with the Reds slipped away, just like that.
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