Video: Israeli goalkeeper achieves hat-trick of howlers, gets subbed at half-time
Did you happen to catch the league game in Romania between Concordia Chijana and Visalani on Saturday night? If not, you missed out – primarily on a masterclass of calamitous keeping that makes Massimo Taibi’s time at Manchester United look like a reign of consummate composure.
The villain of the chucklesome piece is 22-year-old Israeli Idan Baruch. The Chijana keeper began his blooper reel when he mistimed a leap to intercept a floating cross, duly allowing the ball to be poked over the line by a gleeful striker. It was a catching attempt that was more misjudged than the 2000 American Presidential election.
Perhaps Idan was nudged unfairly during his leap, but there are no excuses for his second stinker of the night. A Visalani forward tries his luck from 20 yards, as well he might given Idan’s confidence appeared to be shakier than Rihanna’s backside dancing on a malfunctioning tumble dryer. Though fast-paced, the ball went directly to Idan who proceeded to let the ball fly through his waiting arms. Getting your body behind the ball is rule number one for goalkeepers, but Idan rebelled against tradition with admirable flair.
The misery wasn’t over. Before half-time a swinging cross evaded the heads of onrushing attackers and landed right in front of Idan. By the time he could react, the ball was calmly sailing over the line. Note Idan’s defending teammate gesturing at his keeper in utter bewilderment. Keepers are meant to inspire confidence in their back four; this one just inspired an abusive tirade.
The horror-house of howlers was capped off when Idan was mercifully hauled off at halftime by the Concordia Chijana manager. Perhaps a drug test may reveal that his hands are made exclusively of butter, who knows? Chijana went on to lose 4-0. Given that Idan had secured a hat-trick of gaffs, we like to think he was given the match ball to commemorate the flamboyant feat of failure.
Spotted on 101GG