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7 of the Worst Goalkeeping Mistakes in Football History

90min Logo By Vijievan Jeevathayalan of 90min | Slide 1 of 7: Concentration and focus. Perhaps the most important trait and characteristic needed in the very best of goalkeepers. Shay Given was one of the Premier League's most reliable goalkeepers in his time with Newcastle, but in November 1997 the fresh-faced former Republic of Ireland international was caught in a day-dream and allowed Dion Dublin to pounce.
After doing the difficult bit of claiming a deep cross ahead of both Dublin and his own defender, the Magpies goalkeeper got up quickly looking to start a swift counter-attack. After bouncing the ball, he rolled it out in front of him ready to find a teammate. What Given hadn't realised at this point was that Dublin had come back onto the pitch from behind him after missing that earlier cross, and sneaked in front to just rifle the ball into an empty net. 

Shay Given - Coventry City vs Newcastle (Premier League 1997)

Concentration and focus. Perhaps the most important trait and characteristic needed in the very best of goalkeepers. Shay Given was one of the Premier League's most reliable goalkeepers in his time with Newcastle, but in November 1997 the fresh-faced former Republic of Ireland international was caught in a day-dream and allowed Dion Dublin to pounce.

After doing the difficult bit of claiming a deep cross ahead of both Dublin and his own defender, the Magpies goalkeeper got up quickly looking to start a swift counter-attack. After bouncing the ball, he rolled it out in front of him ready to find a teammate. What Given hadn't realized at this point was that Dublin had come back onto the pitch from behind him after missing that earlier cross, and sneaked in front to just rifle the ball into an empty net. 

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