WATCH: Five open-goal misses to rival Dzeko’s howler

Ian Watson

Edin Dzeko: Embarrassed on Sunday during Roma's win

Check out Edin Dzeko’s open-goal embarrassment from Sunday night, and five other equally-shocking misses.

If you haven’t seen it yet, former Manchester City striker Dzeko had a shocker, missing an open goal in Roma’s Serie A win over Palermo on Sunday.

Dzeko’s blunder, as he sidefooted the ball wide when he needed only nudge into an empty net, ranks among the worst misses seen in recent years.

Fortunately for Dzeko, he atoned for the miss soon after with a smartly-taken goal. But if he is embarrassed this morning about his earlier aberration, here are five other dreadful misses to make the Bosnian hit-man feel a little better about himself…


Ayegbeni Yakubu: World Cup, NIGERIA v South Korea, 2010

The former Everton and Portsmouth man was the beneficiary of a pinpoint cross from the left and Yakubu, inside the six-yard box, went for the precision finish rather than a blast into the open goal. Unfortunately for him he sent the ball precisely six inches wide.


Chris Iwelumo: World Cup qualifier, SCOTLAND v Norway, 2008

In a crucial World Cup qualifier, and on his Scotland debut, striker Iwelumo managed to miss the target from close range after a perfect cross from Gary Naysmith. It was a sitter and Iwelumo never did score for his country.


Ronnie Rosenthal: Premier League, Aston Villa v LIVERPOOL, 1992

The Liverpool striker rounded Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink and, with the goal wide open, leant back and side-footed the ball against the bar – to the delight of a packed Holte End.

Jon Dahl Tomasson: Eredivisie, FEYENOORD v NAC Breda, 2001

Newcastle fans will remember Tomasson missing a hatful of chances during a tough stint at St James’ Park. None matched this one though, with Tomasson – in the centre of the goalmouth – scooping over the bar from barely a foot out.


Philipp Hofmann: Bundesliga 2, KAISERSLAUTERN v Union Berlin, 2014.

The only thing that spared Philipp Hofmann’s blushes after he skied over an open goal from three yards was the fact that his Kaiserslautern side eventually saw off Union Berlin 1-0 in their early season clash in 2013-14.

Can you think of any worse misses than those above? Have Your Say or add to the discussion in the comments blow…