Five costly 'clangers' from the world of football: featuring Steven Gerrard and Zinedine Zidane

Steven Gerrard England

On Sunday, Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick dropped a clanger against the Seattle Seahawks in the last moments of the NFC Championship game.

With just over two minutes left of regulation time, Bostick's job was to block on an onside kick, but instead he improvised and tried to reel it in. Unfortunately for him and the Packers' fans, the ball bounced off his helmet and was then recovered by Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews.

After being moments away from making the Superbowl, this mistake proved costly and it was heartbreak all round in the end for Green Bay.

Top Corner recalls some costly clangers from the world of football which have left these guys wanting the ground to swallow them up...and quick!

Peter Enckelman - Birmingham City v Aston Villa 2002

In the first second-city derby in a decade, Villa keeper Enckelman produced one of the most famous gaffes in Premier League history after failing to deal with Olof Mellberg's throw.

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool vs Chelsea 2014

Two games after the Reds' captain delivered an emotional speech during a post-match huddle after victory over eventual champions Manchester City, Gerrard slipped, allowing Demba Ba to have free run at goal and give Chelsea the lead. Liverpool lost the game 2-0 and gave up any realistic chance of winning their first league title in 24 years.

Ali Bin Nasser and Bogdan Dotchev - England vs Argentina 1986

The referee and assistant during what the German Press called "the scandal of the century". After Diego Maradona committed the now infamous 'Hand of God', the officials' reaction was to look hopelessly at one another and wait for their colleague to make the first move and make some kind of decision. Assistant Dotchev just stood still while referee Bin Nasser ran back to the centre circle so, as we all know, the goal stood and the rest is history.

Roberto Baggio - Brazil vs Italy 1994

"Roberto Baggio, the saviour of Italy throughout this tournament..." Ah. No-one in the world would have expected him to miss. Not Baggio. And not like that! Brazil won the shoot-out 3-2 and the World Cup - it was the first final to be decided by penalties.

Zinedine Zidane - Italy vs France 2006

Zidane came out of international retirement after much persuasion from Raymond Domenech. He was immediately reinstated as captain and led his country all the way to the final. After putting his side in the lead with a cheeky penalty early on, the game headed to extra-time with the score tied at 1-1. 'Zizou' nearly socred again in the first period but it's what happened in the second which the game will be remembered for. After being provoked by Marco Materazzi, the former Galáctico failed to keep his cool and reacted by ferociously headbutting the Italian in the chest. The French could have done with their talisman as the game became the second final to be decided by spot-kicks. The Azzurri won the contest 5-3 as Zidane's football career came to a memorable end.

What a way to bow out!

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