Monday 19 March 2018

Watch: Stan Collymore and Luis Nani feature in five goals that defied belief

Stan Collymore celebrates for Liverpool

Phil Blanche

Mo Diame scored probably the strangest goal of the season in Newcastle's 2-1 win at Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals Brighton on Tuesday night.

Christian Atsu's mis-hit shot from the edge of the 18-yard box flicked off Daryl Murphy before striking the outside of Diame's boot and looped crazily past goalkeeper David Stockdale to find the top corner of the Brighton net.

Here is a look at five other goals which defied belief.

DARREN BENT (Sunderland v Liverpool, October 2009)

This was the first time in Premier League history that a beach ball claimed an assist. Sunderland striker Bent's shot was allowed to stand after deflecting past goalkeeper Pepe Reina off a beach ball thrown onto the pitch by a Liverpool fan. Despite protests from the Liverpool camp, referee Mike Jones judged the goal legal - despite the laws of the game suggesting he should have awarded a dropped ball.


STAN COLLYMORE (Liverpool v Blackburn, February 1996)

Had Tim Flowers been wearing a cap at Ewood Park he would have been preparing to throw it on Collymore's 25-yard daisy cutter. Collymore had already turned away in disgust before the ball hit an indent on the six-yard line and flew over Flowers' head. Like the Liverpool fan at the Stadium of Light, Flowers was hoisted by his own petard - having made the mark in his penalty area to help him with positioning.

LUIS NANI (Manchester United v Tottenham, February 2010)

The Portuguese winger provoked bedlam at Old Trafford after being refused a penalty. Nani lay on the floor with his outstretched hand placed on top of the ball and Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes clearly felt he had a free-kick. Gomes rolled the ball a few yards forward to take the kick, only to see Nani suddenly jump up, run back and knock it into the net. The motto here - always play to the whistle.

DION DUBLIN (Coventry v Newcastle, November 1997)

Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given thought the danger was over when he collected a cross at the far post at Highfield Road. But Given was not aware that Dublin had gone off the pitch behind him. When he rolled the ball out, Dublin came back on the pitch and swept the ball home. An open goal in more ways than one as headline writers queued up to suggest Given was the only Irishman not to know where Dublin was.

JOHN EUSTACE (Reading v Watford, September 2008)

The so-called 'ghost goal' was actually credited as an own goal to Watford midfielder Eustace - surely the craziest of all time. When a Reading corner was deflected wide, Royals forward Noel Hunt attempted unsuccessfully to flick it back into play. But referee Stuart Attwell pointed to the centre spot after assistant Nigel Bannister had flagged that it had actually crossed the goal-line. Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd saw red for his protests, the officials were just left with red faces.

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