It’s safe to say that costly, glaring errors by goalkeepers are a legitimate trend of the 2010 World Cup at this point. You’re familiar with Robert Green by now (and we’ll have even more on him shortly). Reaction to Green’s mistake hardly had a chance to die down when Algeria’s Fawzi Chaouchi let up a cheap goal of his own.
Today, Paraguay’s Justo Villar joined in the ignominy, making a mistake that directly led to the goal that prevented his team from beating Italy, the defending World Cup champs.
Paraguay was up 1-0, but in the 63rd minute, Villar stepped unusually far away from the goal in attempt to clear out a corner kick by Italy’s Simone Pepe. Villar missed the ball entirely, clearing the way for an easy score by Daniele De Rossi. Video below:
We’re only on the fourth day of World Cup action, and that’s three blatant, game-changing mistakes by keepers – almost one per day. It’s hard to imagine that pace will keep up, but if it does – hey, more funny videos for the rest of us!
And speaking of funny videos – have you ever wished Robert Green had at one point made an even worse, more hilarious mistake than the one he made against the U.S.? Well, you’re in luck! Via Slate’s Twitter feed, a clip so bumbling it should be sped up and set to “Yakety Sax” (get on that, Internet!):