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Fulham may have smashed seven goals past Reading, but former Liverpool and West Ham United ace Andy Carroll was the one who stole the show.
The former England international scored one of the all-time great braces against Marco Silva’s side.
His goal haul began with a perfectly executed overhead kick, before doubling his goal tally for the contest with a ferocious volley from 25-yards out which screamed into the top corner.
Unfortunately, the dreaded flag of misery ruined his fun, as the big striker had strayed offside in both of his goals.
After his miraculous brace was snatched away from him, Daily Star Sport considers five of the greatest disallowed goals of all time.
Lampard – you know the one
If any England fan tells you their bitterness of Frank Lampard’s infamous ghost goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup has worn off, you can be rest assured that they are lying through their teeth.
After Matthew Upson’s face halved Joachim Low’s side’s lead, Lampard immediately brought the Three Lions level with a marvellous lob from 25-yards out.
The nation erupted, beer was thrown, and Fabio Capello finally cracked a smile, but something was wrong as Manuel Neuer punted the ball down the other end of the pitch and almost started a counter-attack.
That is because the referee and his assistants, somehow, did not believe Lampard’s effort crossed the line, despite the fact the ball was more than one yard over the line.
Germany went on to win 4-1, and FIFA eventually introduced goal-line technology in time for the 2014 World Cup.
Schmeichel’s acrobatic equaliser
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Pater Schmeichel was a terrifying presence in the Manchester United goal, but the legendary Dane also struck fear into opposing defenders on his rare forays up the pitch.
Schmeichel was sent up for a corner with United trailing Wimbledon by one goal to nil in the FA Cup.
And the shot-stopper demonstrated his acrobatic and technical prowess when he unleashed a perfect overhead kick to bring United level.
Unfortunately, and Schmeichel admits this himself, he was a mile offside, and his moment of genius was all for nothing.
"I’m very, very disappointed, but the linesman was right. I was offside,” he told FourFourTwo in 2003. “And yes, it would have been the greatest goalkeeping goal ever!”
Nani steals and disallows Ronaldo’s wonder strike
Stealing a teammate’s goal is one thing, but causing it to be disallowed is another level of treachery.
And Nani found himself on the wrong side of Cristiano Ronaldo, after he tried to nab his compatriot’s goal for himself.
Ronaldo twisted Spain defender Gerard Pique inside out, before scooping the ball over a helpless Iker Casillas.
But as Ronaldo was preparing to celebrate his wonder-strike, Nani popped up and headed the ball into the net, just as it was about to go over the line.
Unfortunately for both parties, Nani was in an offside position at the time, the goal was disallowed, and Ronaldo erupted into a quite sensational fit of rage and anger.
Bale’s miraculous lob
Gareth Bale’s stock at Real Madrid may have plummeted in recent years, but the Welshman’s tendency to produce the spectacular out of nothing cannot be doubted.
And he did exactly that during Los Blancos’ Champions League group match against Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.
Bale controlled a ball on his chest, juggled the ball from his right foot to his left foot, and lobbed his former teammate Keylor Navas without the ball even touching the ground.
But this astounding moment of improvised genius and magic was all for nothing as Bale, perhaps unnecessarily, controlled the ball with his hand before striking.
Griffiths – Hibs fans know the one
Lampard is not the only player to have been haunted by the dreaded ‘ghost goal’.
Scotland legend Leigh Griffiths scored one of the most spectacular free-kicks ever seen in Scottish football history, while playing for Hibernian against Hearts.
Griffiths’ swerving, dripping thunderbolt from 35-yards smashed off the underside of the crossbar and way past the line.
But in similar circumstances to England’s chilling contest in South Africa, play continued despite the fact the ball had crossed the line by a solid one yard.
Hibs went on to draw the contest 0-0, and manager at the time Pat Fenlon led a new push to introduce goalline technology in the division.
- Frank Lampard
- Gareth Bale
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Premier League
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