South American forward Sergio Araujo isn’t exactly a household name.
Having failed to make the grade at Barcelona following a move from Boca Juniors, Araujo has spent the last few years with La Liga minnows Las Palmas. Now out on loan in Greece with AEK Athens the 26-year-old may have finally made his mark on the world stage – though not necessarily for the reasons he would have hoped.
A forward capable of playing as either a striker or out on the wing, Araujo has contributed a solid 12 goals in 31 league outings since signing for the Greek giants back in January 2017. But all of that has been forgotten about now after Araujo pulled off arguably the worst open goal miss of all-time.
It’s an astonishing miss, worthy of Ronny Rosenthal’s sensational crossbar smash for Liverpool with the goal at his mercy all those years ago. Except this was worse. Much worse.
With 12 minutes gone in a crunch league clash with Asteras Tripolis, a cross from the left and some calamitous goalkeeping presented Araujo with the easiest of chances to score.
But he missed. He actually missed.
With the ball bouncing perfectly towards him and with the goal gapping and at close range, the Argentine somehow contrived to miss.
He could have headed the ball into the empty net. He could have chested the ball into the goal. He could even have just left the cross to float into the empty net.
Instead, he stuck a high boot on the end of it, with the ball sent upwards before clanging against the bar and floating off to safety.
Watching the footage, you almost start to convince yourself that Araujo is actually a defender putting in a match-saving goal line clearance. Well, almost.
Instead, Araujo may have finally earned himself a special place in football history. It’s going to take a hell of a lot for someone to go one worse than this particular miss.
But this is football and anything can happen. As Araujo’s miss demonstrates.
There was a happy ending of sorts – AEK won the game 1-0. Araujo didn’t score though and on a weekend when Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was guilty of missing from all of two yards, AEK’s Argentine sensation found a way to go one worse.
At least Morelos can blame the bounce created by the shoddy pitch. Araujo doesn’t have that excuse.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.