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Jeepers keepers – 5 blunders that left goalkeepers red-faced

Karius joins the collection.

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius had a horror show in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Out-of-form Karim Benzema was gifted an early second-half goal when he intercepted a Karius throw, poking the ball into the net, before German let a 30-yard Gareth  Bale strike slip through his fingers.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five more high-profile goalkeeper blunders.

Wojciech Szczesny

Soccer – Carling Cup – Final – Arsenal v Birmingham City – Wembley Stadium

The Poland international got in a mix-up with Arsenal defender Laurent
Koscielny in the 89th minute of the 2011 League Cup final against Birmingham and the loose ball that ricocheted off Szczesny was converted from close range by Obafemi Martins to seal a 2-1 win for the Blues.

David Seaman

Soccer – Cup Winners’ Cup – Final – Arsenal v Real Zaragoza – Parc des Princes, Paris

David Seaman suffered one of the most uncomfortable moments in his Arsenal career in 1995 as former Tottenham man Nayim lobbed him from an outrageous distance in the final moments of extra-time of the Cup Winners’ Cup final, handing the trophy to Real Zaragoza.

David Seaman

Soccer – FIFA World Cup 2002 – Quarter Final – England v Brazil

While undoubtedly one of the great goalkeepers, Seaman has a memorable mistake on his CV not just from his Arsenal days but also at international level. Again, he was caught out by a long-range effort as Ronaldinho’s free-kick secured a 2-1 win for Brazil in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final and sent England crashing out.

Robert Green

Soccer – 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – Group C – England v USA – Royal Bafokeng Stadium

England were haunted by a goalkeeping gaffe once more at the 2010 World Cup as Green let Clint Dempsey’s shot slip from his grasp and over the line in the Three Lions’ opener against the United States. The game finished 1-1, Green was dropped, England came second in their group and they were then thrashed 4-1 by Germany in the first knockout round.

Scott Carson

Soccer – UEFA European Championship 2008 Qualifying – Group E – England v Croatia – Wembley Stadium

England missed out on Euro 2008 after losing 3-2 at Wembley against Croatia in their final qualifying fixture in November 2007, and it was a mistake by home goalkeeper Carson which sent the visitors on their way to victory as he fumbled an early Niko Kranjcar shot into the net.


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