Collectors Item: Xavi’s blazing miss from 5-yards (Spain) v France

We’ve seen worst misses this season, but rarely do players like Xavi Hernandez miss chances like this.

Spain eked out  a crucial 1-0 win over France which gave a fresh injection to their 2014 World Cup qualification process, however La Furia Roja worked bloody hard to claim the three points.

The Spanish weren’t helped by a glaring miss from Xavi in the fifth minute.

The move was bread and butter Spanish goodness. Iniesta, stood on the edge of the French box on the left hand side, slipped a pass down inside a fullback to the onrushing Nacho Monreal, and the Arsenal left back squared to Xavi five yards in front of goal.

Hugo Lloris was present but a bystander when Xavi took possession, but surprisingly the Barcelona playmaker missed the target as he blazed the ball over the bar.

Watch Xavi’s big miss below.