Germany v Italy - Euro 2016

There is hardly a football match with a perfect 90 minutes. Often times, there is likely to be some level of error from either the officials or the players as tensions begin to rise. The European Championships which is just a game away from ending hasn’t been devoid of errors and mistakes, and some of them have ended up costing the side they emerged from. Here are 5 of such errors that perfectly sums up human imperfection at its peak.

SCHWEINSTEIGER’S HANDBALL

Fresh off France’s 2 – 0 defeat of World Cup champions, Germany, it is safe to say the mistake of the veteran cost his side. For reasons best known to him, the side’s skipper went all out with his left hand to contest with Evra for a France’s cornerkick. Many questioned the decision of the centre referee to award a penalty, but it was something that could have been easily avoided entirely in the first place. Griezmann converted the spotkick to put the hosts 1 goal up with few seconds to the end of the first half.

BOATENG’S HANDBALL

The Germans handball team would have been proud of their football counterparts no doubt after 2 high-profile handling of the balls, inside the box 18. A Jerome Boateng’s effort to clear a cross against Italy, laughable at best saw him raise both hands above his head while contesting for the header with Chiellini. The resulting penalty saw Bonucci restore parity and what followed was an intense penalty session after 120 minutes. It could have gone either way, and the Munich defender had luck to thank for his side’s victory against a tough Italy side.

HART’S “HATTRICK” ERRORS

1, 2 and 3 errors from the Three Lions goal custodian ruined their tournament no doubt. And those mistakes might have cost him his place in the squad when the next coach takes over. The Man City shot stopper wouldn’t stop a Bale shot of a freekick after having positioned himself poorly behind a faulty wall. He goofed when it eventually mattered most against Iceland in the round of 16. His inability to deal with 2 shots that could have easily been saved saw England get eliminated in the most shocking of manners.

TATARUSANU’S MISJUDGED CLEARANCE

The Romania keeper opened the door of errors during the first match of the tournament after failing to position himself properly for a Payet’s cross. He was duly punished by Olivier Giroud who promptly headed in a free ball to hand France their first goal of the tournament. One of the cheapest goals of the tournament. The Arsenal man also got a similar goal in their 5 – 2 routing of Iceland. Filmmaker and goalkeeper, Halldorsson came off his line late to punch out the air.

BELGIUM DEFENCE DUMMY

Welsh striker, Hal Robson-Kanu made light of the inexperienced Belgian defence during their quarterfinal encounter to score one of the best goals of the tournament. He dummied the duo of Jason Denayer and Thomas Meunier to send them the wrong way, and then put a fine finish past Courtois. Whatever reason made the 2 defenders go off the wrong direction still baffles many when R-Kanu was right in front of their goal.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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