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#ICYMI: Unbelievable JEF

We’re halfway through the Japanese football season and the country’s second tier served up a all-time great for our #ICYMI archive this week. With 10 minutes to go JEF United found themselves 7-0 up against Ehime FC when JEF ‘keeper Kazuki Fujita served up a truly legendary slapstick routine. Worth a watch.

#ICYMI: The Unexpected Guest

A new animal has been added to the list of unexpected visitors to the football field, joining the Venky’s protest chicken and the Anfield cat of recent years. This week’s MLS game between Philadelphia Union and NYCFC was interrupted in the 20th minute by the appearance of a raccoon, who gave stewards the time-honoured run-around for a few minutes before eventually being captured. Cyril Sneer was unavailable for comment.

#ICYMI: Invincibles

Bayer Leverkusen’s remarkable season – which has already included an unbeaten run to their first Bundlesliga title and German Cup final – shows no sign of letting up. This week, thanks in part to this unfortunate own goal from Roma’s Gianluca Mancini, they booked their place in the Europa League final – setting a new outright European record for the longest-ever unbeaten run which now stands at an incredible 49 games in all competitions.

#ICYMI: Slipping away

Another crap penalty for you this week, this time courtesy of SC Freiburg’s Roland Sallai, following a torturously long VAR review (sound familiar?). Sallai’s slip and shank proved extremely costly in the end, as Wolfsburg went on to snatch a late winner in the 90th minute.

#ICYMI: Watch how Aynsley does it

Blackburn Rovers have been dragged right into the Championship relegation battle as the season reaches its climax after losing to fellow relegation rivals Sheff Wed at home. Any chance of Rovers taking something from the game was snuffed out by keeper Aynsley Pears’ dreadful intervention in the second half. We have no idea who he’s trying to blame for this.

#ICYMI: The very worst

This is it. This is the worst penalty that’s ever been taken in the history of association football. We’ve seen some shockers over the years but this one is the very worst. So congratulations to Osasuna’s Ante Budimir on this amazing feat. Well worth the five minute-plus wait it took VAR and the ref to sort out.

ICYMI: El Tráfico

LAFC squeezed past their local rivals LA Galaxy to win this week’s El Tráfico derby 2-1, rising to fifth in the MLS western conference. Dénis Bouanga featured as the hero and the villain of the piece – having conned the referee with a ridiculous dive in the first half to win a penalty – the Gabonese forward missed an absolute sitter late on. Entertainment abounds in MLS.

#ICYMI: Kaiserslaughtered

Third division side Saarbrücken’s sensational run through the German Cup – having knocked out 20-time winners Bayern Munich, then Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Mönchengladbach – has sadly come to an end this week. Keeper Tim Schreiber made a hash of a tame header in the second half, gifting Kaiserslautern the lead which they held onto, sending Die Molschder out. Maybe next year.

#ICYMI: 14 seconds

This week’s international football included a couple of record-breaking feats – such as the fastest international goal scored from kick-off (Austria’s opener against Slovakia after six seconds) and this mess of an own-goal from Latvia’s Mārcis Ošs who bundled the ball into his own net 14 seconds after kick-off against Liechtenstein. This is the fastest own goal in international football’s history and we hope to live long enough to see it surpassed. History making.

#ICYMI – The Windy City lives up to its rep

Over to the MLS where Chicago Fire grabbed a winner nine minutes into stoppage time against CF Montréal in a seven goal thriller (we didn’t actually watch the game but 4-3 wins are always “seven goal thrillers”, aren’t they?). But it wasn’t any old winner, oh no, as The Windy City lived up to its rep…

#ICYMI – Rough starts

The Chilean domestic season is just getting underway and we’re off to a rough start if the Universidad de Concepción vs San Marcos de Arica match is anything to go by. Just before half-time San Marcos’ defender Daniel Vicencio provided us with one of the most bizarre own goals we’ve seen in a long, long time. More of the same please.

#ICYMI: Going down?

Almost half the Championship is in a relegation battle with seven points separating 11 of the bottom teams with ten games to go. With only one win in their last five games, Watford now find themselves in amongst that and could do without Ryan Andrews’ calamitous capers.

#ICYMI: Steamroller

Grêmio were away at title rivals Internacional this week and it was a cracker. It ultimately ended 3-2 to the home side much to the relief of Inter defender Renê who scored one of the best own goals we’ve seen in a long while. A deft touch.

#ICYMI: Unlucky 13

England’s number nine Harry Kane has had a fine debut season in German football, having already netted 25 goals, but despite this contribution Bayern Munich find themselves eight points behind Leverkusen as they chase their 12th consecutive Bundesliga title. Kane should have finished their game against Bochum on 26 goals for the season but for this shocking miss when one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

#ICYMI: One miss to rule them all

Our #ICYMI archive is full of missed sitters, blunders and professional footballers generally missing open goals in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways. But Syndey FC’s Pat Wood might have just created the One Miss to Rule Them All with a truly demonic piece of footballing incompetence in the A-League this week – thanks to Andy Dye for bringing into our lives.

#ICYMI: Copa Del Whaaay

Real Sociedad’s Umar Sadiq missed not one but two gilt-edged chances during his side’s epic 0-0 draw away at Mallorca in the Copa Del Rey this week. The second of which, seen here on 71 minutes, was an absolute howler.

#ICYMI: Interference

The Argentine Premier Division kicked off this week and we’re off to a strong start with this blooper from Talleres defender Matias Catalán. Costing his side three points against Gimnasia in their opening game, Catalán can consider himself unlucky – his blunderous own goal was only possible due to the state of the modern offside law.

#ICYMI: Een Serieus Probleem

We’re fairly sure that Kevin MacAllister’s red card foir Union Saint-Gilloise this week did not require an intervention from the Belgian Pro League’s VAR. Anderlecht’s Kasper Dolberg was put through on goal in the first half and managed to ride one red-card challenge, staying on his feet, but MacAllister came in with some WWE-inspired antics to make sure the Dane was brought down. Heaven knows what he’s complaining about.

#ICYMI: Empty seats, full wallets

Fiorentina and Napoli had good seasons in Italy last year – reaching cup finals and winning the league repsectively – and one of the rewards for their efforts was to play out the Italian Super Cup semi-final in a half-empty stadium in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, this week. One of the lowlights from this miserable arrangement was Nanitamo Ikoné successfully conning the ref into a penalty and then making a total hash of the resultant spot kick. The 2034 World Cup should be a blast.

#ICYMI: Coupe de farce

The walk of shame back from missing a penalty has to be one of the worst feelings for a footballer, particularly if said penalty is one of the most poorly executed panenkas you’re ever likely to see. Luckily for Antonie Mille his dreadful failure did not cost his Chateauroux side against Les Herbiers in their Coupe de France shootout

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