One of the many teams to have their World Cup dreams extinguished this weekend were Colombia, who suffered a heavy 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Chile. Yet it had started so well for the hosts, and more pertinently, so badly for the visitors, as a group effort from the Chile defence contributed to this week’s howler of the week.
What the hell was Gary Medel thinking at right-back? Why was keeper Claudio Andres Bravo so far out his goal without making sure to clatter the ball into row Z? And could (and should) have Arturo Vidal done better to try and prevent the ball going over the line?
The video can be seen here.
(As a bonus, the ultimate plank of the weekend must be the NFL’s Owen Schmitt of the Seattle Seahawks for the dumbest self-inflicted injury seen for some time.)
Onto this week’s list, where we have a collection of crackers from the last week of world football.
The longest goal of the week kicks off this week’s list, quickly following by rockets from distance at positions 2, 5 and 7. On the other half of the same coin, the goalscorer who travelled the farthest distance before scoring can be found at goal 3.
For the slightly more cultured, a brilliant backheeled assist can be spotted at number 4, while a textbook free-kick routine can be seen at goal 10.
Rounding off the list are three bicycle/overhead kicks found at numbers 6, 8 and 9.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Pasquale Schiattarella (Torino v Ancona, Oct. 5, 2009)
2. Mate Kiss (Hungary v Czech Republic, Oct. 6, 2009)
3. Bjorn Kopplin (Germany v Nigeria, Oct. 7, 2009)
4. Lucas Viatri (Riquelme assist) (Racing Club v Boca Juniors, Oct. 8, 2009)
5. Diego Rivero (Chacarita Juniors v San Lorenzo, Oct. 9, 2009)
6. Edgars Gauracs (Latvia U21 v Romania U21, Oct. 9, 2009)
7. Julio Martinez (Mexico v El Salvador, Oct. 10, 2009)
8. Maris Verpakovskis (Greece v Latvia, Oct. 10, 2009)
9. Georgios Samaras (Greece v Latvia, Oct. 10, 2009) (pictured)
10. Glenn Whelan (Ireland v Italy, Oct. 10, 2009)