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Worst Premier League howlers over last decade 10 years on from that Fernando Torres miss

It’s 10 years today since Fernando Torres missed that shocking open goal for Chelsea against Manchester United.

United led 3-1 with seven minutes remaining when Torres had an opportunity to set up a nail-biting finale at Old Trafford.

He was a former Liverpool striker who timed his move perfectly. He ran onto a through ball and then sidestepped David de Gea, only to shoot hopelessly wide with an empty goal at his mercy.

It was a howler that was as famous as Ronny Rosenthal’s miss in 1992, when he crashed into the crossbar after passing Nigel Spink (Aston Villa goalkeeper) to get an open goal.

Wayne Rooney also had a gaffe, when he slipped and took a penalty, scraping the ball against the side of his other foot, as he fell to his knees.



Fernando Torres misses an open goal as Chelsea tried to come back from 3-1 down against Manchester United
Fernando Torres misses an open goal as Chelsea tried to come back from 3-1 down against Manchester United

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at some more of the Premier League’s worst howlers in the decade since that Torres miss.

Matt Ritchie (Burnley vs Newcastle, November 2018)

Matt Ritchie ended up in the net himself against Burnley – but the ball somehow didn’t, much to his disbelief.

Ritchie missed a great chance to win the points for Rafa Benjaminez’s Newcastle side.

Joe Hart had saved Deandre Yedlin’s feet, but Ritchie won the ball. Ritchie somehow managed to blast wide from the six-yard box.

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Matt Ritchie couldn't believe he'd missed from point-blank range against Burnley
Matt Ritchie couldn’t believe he’d missed from point-blank range against Burnley

Asked afterwards how he had failed to score, Ritchie said: “I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. I thought I’d scored to be honest with you.

“I think I was already celebrating before I put into the net.”

Luckily for Ritchie, Newcastle held on for the victory.

Dele Alli (Stoke vs Tottenham, April 2016)



Dele Alli's shot crashed against the post after he did the hard work by rounding Shay Given
Dele Alli’s shot crashed against the post after he did the hard work by rounding Shay Given



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Alli produced one of the most disastrous misses since Torres’s in Newcastle’s 4-0 win against Stoke.

Stoke were in trouble after Alli’s pass hit Alli in the danger zone just outside Shay Givens’ box.

The Stoke keeper was stunned when Alli’s pass ricocheted into his path. He had to just roll the ball into the net, but his shot cannon was back at the post.

Alli scored the winning goal, scoring a well-executedvolley. This was after Alli opened the scoring for Spurs with a fine finish.

Ben Foster (Norwich vs West Brom, May 2013)



West Brom keeper Ben Foster had a nightmare against Norwich
West Brom keeper Ben Foster had a nightmare against Norwich

Ben Foster landed his side in trouble when he charged out of his area to clear the danger against Norwich.

Grant Holt pursued a ball from Wes Hoolihan and the England keeper was ready to hoof it clear.

Foster ended up kick the air after he accidentally skipped over the ball. Holt was left with a simple tap in.

They won 4-0 and retained their Premier League status.

Sergio Aguero (Man City vs Chelsea, February 2019)



Man City's Sergio Aguero missed an open goal against Chelsea
Sergio Aguero missed an open goal against Chelsea

He scored 184 Premier League goals, including one of the most famous of all time when he won the title for Man City in the dying moments of the 2011/12 campaign.

Gary Neville was able to instruct Sergio Aguero on how to complete his goal after he had missed one of history’s most easy open goals.

Bernardo Silva had shown great courage to ignore Chelsea’s defenders, and he was able to fire a cross across six yards. Aguero lurked in the box, and rolled his shot harmlessly into side netting.

“He had a floppy foot,” Neville was co-commentary for Sky Sports. “He just needed to stiffen his ankle – not that I should be telling Sergio Aguero how to finish.”

Neville must have been right, because Aguero scored a hat trick as City beat Chelsea 6-0 to win the domestic triple.

Mario Balotelli (QPR vs Liverpool, October 2014)



Mario Balotelli didn't do himself any favours with his miss
Mario Balotelli didn’t do himself any favours with his miss

It’s fair to say that Mario Balotelli didn’t go down as one of the greatest Liverpool strikers.

His standing in the game was not helped by his skipping against QPR.

Balotelli was in ample space on the left-hand box and won the ball after Adam Lallana had saved his shot.

The goal was still in sight, and the former Man City player lifted his half-volley up into the Loftus Road stands. This brought cheers from the home crowd.

Artur Boruc (Arsenal vs Southampton, November 2013)



Olivier Giroud scored for Arsenal after Artur Boruc got himself in a spin
Olivier Giroud scored for Arsenal after Artur Boruc got himself in a spin

Artur Boruc looked to have a fairly simple clearance when he received a backpass from a team-mate at the Emirates.

However, he was clever and tried to avoid the attention of Olivier Giroud by turning on the ball.

Giroud didn’t just get by Boruc and he spun four or five more times before the forward picked him up and passed the ball to an empty net. The Gunners won the game 2-0.

Raheem Sterling (Burnley vs Man City, February 2018)



Raheem Sterling missed an open-goal against Burnley
Raheem Sterling missed an open-goal against Burnley

It’s well known that Sterling has worked on his finishing and his composure in the box since joining Manchester City – but his learnings deserted him on this occasion.

Kyle Walker sent a low cross straight across Burnley’s six-yard line to the backpost, where Sterling was sprinting for a tap in.

The City man fired wide, then fell to the ground and slapped it in frustration.

Jordan Pickford (Liverpool vs Everton, December 2018)



Divock Origi couldn't believe his luck when Jordan Pickford kept the ball in play for him
Divock Origi couldn’t believe his luck when Jordan Pickford kept the ball in play for him

Virgil van Dijk had already turned away after horribly mis-kicking his volleyed attempt in the Merseyside derby.

The ball slid towards Jordan Pickford’s crossbar, forcing Everton’s keeper to save it.

He failed to catch the ball as he tried to catch the ball. Instead, he threw the ball back onto the crossbar, and then tossed it into the air above six yards box, where Divock Origi was waiting for him to return home.

Pickford was not happy about this goal, as it ended up being the only goal that won Liverpool the derby.

Jorginho (Chelsea vs Arsenal, May 2021)



Kepa Arrizabalaga and Jorginho were aghast after the latter's backpass led to an Arsenal goal
Kepa Arrizabalaga and Jorginho were aghast after the latter’s backpass led to an Arsenal goal

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Jorginho didn’t have his best day at the office when he landed Kepa Arrizabalaga in trouble with a woeful backpass.

Jorginho retreated towards the goal, thinking he would find his keeper.

Kepa wasn’t there and Jorginho had to sprint back to his goal in an attempt to save his teammate from the shame of own goal at Stamford Bridge.

The keeper couldn’t get the ball in the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Smith Rowe scored the winning goal.

Worst Premier League howlers over last decade 10 years on from that Fernando Torres miss
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