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Goalie nutmegged from great distance
February 16th, 2011 7:36PM

TAGS:  belgium, video


[VIDEO PICK] Goalkeeper Damien Lahaye's loan to Belgian Jupiler League club KV Kortrijk from Charleroi isn't working out so well. At least not judging by how he conceded this goal in last weekend's 1-0 loss to Gent. ...

The game was scoreless in the 82nd minute when Gent's Ilombe M'Boyo's cross played tricks on Lahaye:

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: February 17, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.
    So what? Surprised it does not happen more often. The keepers vision was screened from seeing the ball until the last second and the forward came close to heading it. When a forward shanks a sure opportunity to score, do we call it an "incredible blunder" ?
  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: February 17, 2011 at 5:56 p.m.
    The Brittish keeper's error was a lot different. There was no issue with his seeing the ball. He simply misplayed it and failed to get his body in proper position. My main point was that when a keeper makes a mistake, some call it an "incredible blunder" and post a Youtube video about it, but if a forward makes a dumb mistake, it is usually ignored. In this case, I didn't think it was any more of an error than what happens when a keeper comes out and fails to contact the ball before it is headed in.
  1. Michael Barbarick
    commented on: February 18, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.
    No, what happened was the goalkeeper knew this was an easy one and was over anxious to throw the ball to a target before he collected it.... He was ahead of himself a mental error he will probably not forget, nor will the fans for a while. Robert Green was too casual on a routine play... thats my read of the situation
  1. Brian Threlkeld
    commented on: June 2, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
    Michael's assessment is on target. "The keepers vision was screened from seeing the ball until the last second . . . ." That's clearly not true. Check out the video from 0:22 on, which gives pretty much the keeper's pov. The ball had a lot of loft, and the keeper had a perfectly good view of it coming in. ". . . and the forward came close to heading it." That's an accurate observation, and a more relevant one. The near-miss of the leaping attacker may well have distracted the keeper. Of course, a keeper playing in Belgium's top pro league would be expected to handle such an ordinary element of the action without making a disastrous mistake. That's part of what makes this an incredible blunder. It's kicked right *to* him. The pace is manageable. It's in his *hands*. And he starts to look away, and turn away, before he's actually caught it (not coincidentally, those are common mistakes among receivers attempting to catch passes in American football). And yes, when a forward "shanks a sure opportunity to score," we *do* call it an "incredible blunder"! And I've seen them end up on youtube! So, if *this* isn't an "incredible blunder" in goalkeeping, *what* on earth *is*???

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