Raheem Sterling Features in 'Worst Misses in Football History' Twitter Thread

Aug 18, 2020, 3:17 PM GMT+5:30
Raheem Sterling had chance to equalise late on, but missed an open goal
Raheem Sterling had chance to equalise late on, but missed an open goal | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Raheem Sterling missed a glaring opportunity to level the scores and force extra time during Manchester City's Champions League loss to Lyon last week. With 85 minutes on the clock and City trailing 2-1 to Lyon, the Premier League side worked the ball into the area and squared it across the goalkeeper to an open Sterling at the back post.

Sterling appeared seconds from scoring the crucial goal, only to see the ball sail over the crossbar.

Fans on social media could not believe their eyes, and that epic miss made it into a Twitter thread that has been making the rounds since the start of the year.

Twitter user @GoalscorerC has compiled a rather brilliant thread of the worst misses ever featuring the likes of Ryan Giggs, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Ronnie Rosenthal, Freddie Ljungberg, Yakubu, Fernando Torres, and many more.

Some of those misses simply can’t be explained. They look harder to miss than to score!

However, legendary goalscorer Gary Lineker did have an explanation for Sterling’s miss on Saturday night.

"He looked like he was in the perfect position to hit it, but he's not going to sleep very well tonight, Raheem Sterling," Lineker said.

"I tell you why he's missed it: because he's tried to hit it too hard. When you're in that position where you know you've got an open goal, the only way you can miss it is putting your foot through it, and if there is a slight bobble there is a chance it'll go over the bar.

"It's almost like he's trying to hit it with a little bit of force and there's obviously been a little bit of lift of the ball, a little bobble. But if you take the weight off it, you can’t miss."