The Week In Howlers: Own goals, a broken nose, and a foul smell

The week’s most absurd soccer moments

By Sam Patterson


Gervinho sucker punched a Guinea’s Naby Keita in the Ivory Coast’s opening African Cup of Nations match. [source: ActuFoot]


Daniel Prieto, Peru’s U20 goalkeeper, let a back pass roll right under his foot to give Argentina a 1–0 lead. It wasn’t his day; he was charged with another own goal five minutes later. [source: Selección Argentina]


Akeem Humphrey, #17 in white, should have received an Oscar, or a Golden Raspberry, for this ridiculous dive. [source: YouTube/Cristiano Ronaldo Fan Club 2015]


Yoan Gouffran’s kneecap was in the right place at the right time to score Newcastle’s equalizer on a deflection from twelve yards out. [source: YouTube/MCNeymar]


Wim Bronsvoort, a referee in the Dutch amateur leagues, broke a player’s nose while whistling for play to continue. About as concrete as a twelfth man can get. [source: YouTube/Gamze Cicek]


Branislav Ivanović appears to have fouled the air judging by this woman’s reaction. [source: Bench Warmers]