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9 of the biggest screw-ups in football

AC Milan blew a 3-0 lead in the 2005 Champions League final against Liverpool in Istanbul Football is called the ‘Beautiful Game’ beca ...

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News 06 Mar 2015, 16:30 IST
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AC Milan blew a 3-0 lead in the 2005 Champions League final against Liverpool in IstanbulFootball is called the ‘Beautiful Game’ because of its thrilling and unpredictable nature. One moment a team is winning comfortably and the very next minute, they find themselves staring at the blank face of defeat. It is these moments that make people love this game. And hate it as well.When one’s favourite team seems to be in a situation from where it is impossible to lose, but they somehow manage to screw up a lead bigger than the nose of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, football becomes a poison that runs through the veins of the losing fans – slowly killing them from within.Here are some of the biggest instances where a team screwed up in football.

#1 Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal

This one still echoes in the memory.

Arsenal were hit by the deadly Tottenham Hotspur syndrome – doesn’t help that they are neighbours – as they blew away a 4 goal lead in the second half at St James Park. Going 4-0 up at half-time, Arsenal thrilled the away fans with their scintillating display of brutality.

However, a provocation from Joey Barton led to Abou Diaby losing his cool and getting himself sent off which set the stage for the Magpies. They grabbed it with both hands as two goals from the spot from cult-figure Joey Barton and a goal each from Leon Best and Cheik Tiote – who scored a screamer to equalize – gave the Toons a famous win and the social media many more reasons to laugh at and mock Arsenal.

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