There were times on Sunday afternoon, during Chelsea’s Premiership clash with Manchester United, when we saw glimpses of the Fernando Torres of old. He worked hard and looked sharp. His effort was rewarded with only his second goal in a Chelsea shirt just after the break, neatly lifting the ball over David de Gea having being put through by Nicolas Anelka. These were promising signs for Chelsea fans, many of whom have become disillusioned with Torres’ lack of goals following his £50M move from Liverpool in January. Unfortunately for Torres, his performance will be remembered for what many are already labelling the “Miss of the Decade”. Coming up to 83 minutes, with his side trailing 3-1, Torres was again put through, this time by Ramires. Taking the ball in his stride, Torres executed a lovely step-over, easily rounding de Gea and leaving him 7 yards out with nothing but an empty net in front of him. He proceeded to skew his shot a yard wide of the post. Watching in real-time it looked like an impossible miss.
But how does Torres’ miss rank in the dubious category of Worst Misses of All Time? Who can forget Ronnie Rosenthal’s effort for Liverpool against Aston Villa in 1992?
Or indeed Chris Iwelumo’s shocker for Scotland in a tense affair with Norway in 2008:
To be fair to Torres, who was travelling at pace and had knocked the ball wide in order to round the on-rushing David de Gea, his miss yesterday wasn’t anywhere near as bad as the two shown above – or indeed 50 others you could find by performing a quick search on YouTube. It shouldn’t even be labelled the “Miss of the Decade”, an honour which must surely go to this gem from Fahad Khalfan from Qatar in their match up with Uzbekistan in the Quarter-Finals of the Asian Games in 2010:
Yes it was an absolute howler, but the real question is how will his miss on Sunday affect Fernando Torres? For large parts of the game he looked to be finally finding some much needed form. However, with football being such a game of confidence you can’t help but feel this could be a case of one step forward, two steps back for the Chelsea front man.