This is one of those clips which carries no silver lining for the fallguy – Kashima Antlers keeper Hitoshi Sogahata.
Playing against Nagoya Grampus Eight in the J-League on Saturday, the Antlers’ number one had an awful start to the match conceding early doors to Aussie serial goalscorer Josh Kennedy after just five minutes. And in the 13th minute matters worsened dramatically for the hosts as their home keeper fluffed the most basic of clearances resulting in one of the worst gaffs of the year.
Receiving a pass-back under no real pressure, home goalie Sogahata inexplicably managed to completely miss the ball after having taken a touch to steady himself. The total air shot allowed Nagoya forward Igor Burzanovic an opportunity to nip in and steal the ball and, after a short game of cat and mouse between the keeper and forward, Burzanovic had the simple job of rolling the ball into the empty net.
Kashima Antlers keeper Hitoshi Sogahata’s horrific howler can be seen here.