Are you Higuita in disguise French keeper's feet fail to do talking after shocking blunder
09:54 GMT, 29 March 2012
At first it’s excellent if slightly fortunate goalkeeping,
but what follows for Nantes stopper Erwin Zelazny during a second
division game at Lens in France is a nightmare.
Racing out his box to cut out a lofted through pass, the
20-year-old wins a nervy 50/50 against Bengali-Fode Koita on the edge of the
box before comfortably having the ball at his feet.
But that’s only the start of the carnage.
The Lens forward recovers to again challenge for the
ball and after some clumsy footwork, Zelazny can only clear straight to Chaouki
Ben Saada who heads into an open goal.
The Frenchman reacts with frustration, probably at the thought of knowing his team-mates are going to start calling him Rene Higuita in homage to the Colombian keeper who made a similar mistake at the 1990 World Cup.
It’s a dreadful error to make from Zelazny who should have
just booted the ball clear to safety – but he is let down by two factors.
First his clearance is slightly unlucky to find the diving
head of a Lens attacker but secondly what was his defence playing at
Whether they expect him to clear it or not you would have
thought one of them would have guarded the open goal as a first instinct.
The goal proved crucial too as the hosts held on to win 1-0
at the Stade Felix-Bollaert to move four points clear of the relegation zone.
We wait to see if Zelazny's next trick is a scorpion kick…