You may not be aware, but today marks the anniversary of one of the most significant matches in the entire 154-year history of association football.
Manchester City 2-2 Queens Park Rangers April 25th, 1998.
Knowing full well that a win and a win alone couldprevent their relegation to the third tier, Man City (21st in the league) met fellow stragglers QPR (22nd) in the penultimate game of the First Division season.
Brighton missed out on the chance to clinch the Championship title on Friday night after slumping to a 2-0 defeat against Norwich at Carrow Road.
It proved to be a naffold night for Seagulls goalkeeper David Stockdale who technically scored both of Norwich's goals, and all in the space of 20 first-half minutes.
Before Thursday evening'sCopa Libertadores match between Independiente Santa Fe and Santos was allowed to get underway, a message came over the stadium PA system to announce that a minute's silence was to be observed.
And so, as the two teamslined up and nodded their heads in sombre remembrance, theannouncement blared: "Ladies and gentlemen, please stand up and offer this minute of silence in honour of former Santos player Ricardo Oliveira.
This can only go well... (Image: Gainsborough Town)
Brackley Town could only managed a goalless draw against Gainsborough Trinity in the National League North on Monday evening, though it wasn't for the lack of endeavour.
Indeed, the hoststried everythingTrinity down, even debutinga strange new prototype throw-in strategy in a desperate bid to break down the defences.
As if to capture Arsenal's miserable defeat against Crystal Palace in microcosm, here's the moment Mesut Ozil took his time, looked up, surveyed the lay of the land in an instant and pinged a truly sumptuous trademark pass out to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left wing.
Unfortunately for the floaty light German midfielder, the Oxhadyet to come on as a substitute at that point.
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Aberdeen needed an own-goal to beat Inverness in the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday evening which, given the standard of finishing on show at Pittodrie, wasn't overly surprising.
To that end, young forward Miles Storey had a night to forget despite onlycoming on for the final 10 minutes of the match.
With a humble tip of the hat toCharlie Adam's set-piece finesse against Burnley last night, Pies have cobbled together a small compendium of some of the worst corner kicks ever attempted on grass.
Without further ado, let's get cracking.
Juan Carlos (Real Betis)
Safe to say, if you're not even making it out of thequadrant then you're probably not doing it right.
Despite looking like a 50-year-oldman who brusheshis teeth with supermarket Scotch, Charlie Adam is still making a living as a Premier League footballer.
Of course, looks can be deceiving as it's Adam's deft midfield playmaking nous that keeps him in work.
Take this exquisite in-swinging corner against Burnley last night for example.
River Plate's Primera Division clash with Belgrano on Sunday produced a very strong contender formiss of the season, with Tomas Andrade making a dog's dinner of a four-on-one situation for River.
The incident happened late on in the game, with River 2-1 up.
Catching Belgrano on the break, River players raced forward, with four players bearing down on the opposition goal.
Presenting: The Helm's Deep approach to defending corners...
Soon to be adopted in the upper echelons, here we see a hapless Sunday League side attempting to overcome their opposition'sunorthodox strategy for defending against corners.
Indeed, the defending team opted tobarricade their entire outfield into the goalmouth, thus allowing the goalkeeper to roam free around the 18-yard box and smother the strikers if possible.
Move over Gordon Banks, for your acrobatic denial ofPele at the 1970 World Cup has been usurped as the greatest last-gasp save of all time.
Mohammed Anas now claims that title, after conjuring up the mother of all excuses for thanking both his wife and his girlfriend during a recent post-match interview.
Mohammed Anas scored twice in Free State Stars' 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town and as such landed the Man of the Match award.
Unfortunately, the Ghanaian striker wasn't quite so deft while picking up his award on live television after the final whistle.
During his acceptance speech, Anas accidentally thanked the two women in his life, instantly realised he'd made the blunder and desperately tried to rectify it:
Thank you for this, I appreciate my fans.
David Bingham lodged a very strong entrant for goalkeeping balls-up of the season at the weekend, with the San Jose Earthquakes' glovesman somehow managing to direct an off-target effort back into his own goal.
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The ricket came late on during San Jose's MLS clash with Sporting Kansas City at a sold-outChildren's Mercy Park.
Here we see the precise moment thatthe anti-Arsene Wenger movement (and football in general) began toeat itself as onedimwit fan likens Arsene Wenger's rather successful 21-year reign at Arsenal to the untold bloodshed and tyranny Robert Mugabe has inflicted on Zimbabwe over the past three decades.
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Gloucester City dukedout a 1-1 draw with Harrogate Town in the National League North on Saturday, though the away side really should have departed Whaddon Road with all three points to their name.
This is because Harrogate defender Simon Ainge was presented witha glorious chance to score, only to boom a gilt-edged open goal over the bar in spectacular fashion.
Hertha Berlin pulled off a fairly surprising result againstBorussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this afternoon, winning 2-1 at the Olympiastadion.
However, Thomas Tuchel's side should have been awarded adefault victory in the 90th minute when Hertha defender Mitchell Weiser resorted to laughably pathetic subterfugein an attempt to get Ousmane Dembele booked.
Nordsjaelland absolutely panned Silkeborg in the Danish Superliga on Friday night to leapfrogabove their vanquished opponents in mid-table.
The home side ran out 5-1 winners thanks in part to a helping hand from Silkeborg captainDennis Flinta, who scored their third goal of the evening with a delightfully deft chip over his own goalkeeper.
PSG's second string recorded a fairly straightforward 2-0 win over Ligue 2 outfit Niort in last night's quarter-final of the Coupe de France.
Ittook a late goal apiece from second-half substitutes Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani to shore up the result on a damp old night at theStade René Gaillard.
Atlanta United, and specifically their rowdy fans, are already fostering themselves one holy hell of a reputation ahead of their MLS debut next month.
During what we assume was Saturday's pre-season trip toplay Charlestown Battery, the Atlanta ultras formed a fearsome raiding party, leaving the home fans quaking with a barrage of blood-curdling war cries.
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Having begun his career there before going on to make almost 400 appearances in blue and cream, Cuauhtemoc Blanco breathes rarefied air when it comes to Club America.
The grizzled veteran even returned to make one last commemorative appearance for America last season before finally bowing out of professional football at the age of 44.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) have given Robin van Persie (RVP) a two-match ban after the Fenerbahce striker's behaviour was deemed to have been "insulting" during last Sunday's cup game against Besiktas.
Van Persie began by hitting the deck to get Besiktas centre-back Dusko Tosic sent off, before becoming embroiled in a verbal altercation with Tosic's defensive partnerOguzhan Ozyakup.
The warm-up was about as close as Tim Cahill got to last night's A-League Melbourne derby after managing the impressive feat of getting himself sent-off before setting foot on the pitch.
About to enter the fray in the 87th minute with his Melbourne City side trailing 2-1 to bitter rivals Victory, Cahill gave the assistant referee anearful and promptly got himself red-carded before the substitution was made.
Barcelona lost ground to La Liga leaders Real Madrid at the weekend, with the Catalan giants drawing 1-1 away to Real Betis courtesy of a last-gasp Luis Suarez goal.
However, Luis Enrique's side were robbed of another legitimate goal earlier in the game, when the officials failed to see that the ball had clearly gone over the line of the Betis goal.
Hull City suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat away to Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round in Sunday, with Tigers' striker Abel Hernandez managing to miss two penalties withinjust28 seconds.
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Premier League side Hull were already 4-1 down when, late on, Andrew Robertson was felled in the box by Fulham defender Tomas Kalas.
You'll have to forgive the slightly sketchy details here, but we think the following snippet of 'action' comes from the Turkish lower leagues.
What you're about to see is the goalkeeper for Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediyespor(we think) make a fine save from a penalty, only to immediate concede the most pathetic own-goal of all time.
The ground staff at theEstadio Gran Canaria scored a bit of an own-goal on Firday night, during Las Palmas' La Liga clash with Deportivo La Coruna. With the game in full flow, the sprinkler system suddenly turned on, with the ref (spoilsport!) temporarily halting the game.
The incident happened early in the second-half, with the hosts leading 1-0.
Move over 'United Passions', because it looks like there's a new worst football movie ever in town.
What you're about to witness is the trailor for a new movie that looks so ineffably awful that Guardian reviewer Stuart Heritage assumed it must be a deliberate hoaxof some sort.
Dangerous Game stars Callum Best (reality 'star' son of George) as a Premiership footballer who dabbles in robbing shoe shops while dressed as Gary Lineker on behalf of the Russian mafia or something like that.
Puszcza Niepolomice ended up losing 2-0 toPogon Szczecin in the quarter-finals of the Polish Cup on Tuesday night and, if theirattempts at set-piece ingenuity are anything to go by, the result didn't come as much of a surprise.
Already trailing after just 10 minutes, Puszcza won themselves a freekick in an advanced position.
In which, while playing for Al Ittihad Alexandria in the Egyptian Premier League, one striker by the name of Youssef 'Obama' Ibrahim misses a penalty in the latter stages of a match and is so overcome by despair that he just flees the scene entirely.
In fact, after seeing his spot-kick repelled, Obama just keeps on running, past the goal, along the advertising hoardings, down the steps to the tunnel and right back to the dressing room.
Admittedly, it's easy to succumb to hyperbole whenever fluffed sitterscrop up, but you must simply believe us when Pies tell you we think we've stumbled across the WORST missed sitter of all time here.
Details are scant, but we know it came duringa recent game in the Belgrade Zone League, which makes up part of the fourth tier of Serbian football.
It's largely fair to say that Shanghai Shenhua aren't really getting their money's worth out of Carlos Tevez at the moment, four months into his Chinese Super League sojourn.
The 33-year-old striker has made just four appearances Shenhua since joining in late December, scoring one goal a penalty in a 4-0 win over Jiangsu Suning last month.
PSV were all but knocked out of the Eredivisie title race on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 2-1 defeat away against league leaders Feyenoord.
The scores were level at 1-1 until the 82nd minute when PSV 'keeper Jeroen Zoet conceded an own-goal that may take some explaining.
With Zoet having saved ashot right on thegoal-line, the Hawkeye systemconcluded the ball did not cross the whitewashand Feyenoord's protests were waved away.
Jurgen Klopp was left befuddled on the Anfield touchline as he watched his Liverpool side concede late on to relinquish all three points against Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.
After Divock Origi put them ahead on the hour mark, the Reds were 2-1 up and relatively comfortable for the remainder of the half right up until the moment Josh King popped up with an 87th-minute equaliser for the visitors.
David Moyes has apologised to a BBC Sport reporter after telling her she "might get a slap" during a post-match interview.
Grilling Moyes after Sunderland's 0-0 draw with Burnley in mid-March, Vicki Sparks asked the Scot if the presence of club owner Ellis Short in the stands added anyexcess pressure to get a result.
Gary Neville was left a little red-faced today when he pulled what's known in the trade as "a Victor Anichebe" on social media.
Further destroying the facade that footballers actually expressany original thoughts of their own online, Neville posted a message in support of the Bobby Moore Fund's new 'Moore To Know' campaign.
Southampton and Bournemouth played out a disappointing goalless draw at St. Mary's on Saturday, although the Cherries had a great chance late on only for midfielder Harry Arter to make an utter mess of a penalty.
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Arter's match-winning chance came with 13 minutes of the south coast clash to go, with the Republic of Ireland midfielder stepping up to take a spot-kick after Ryan Bertrand had pulled back Ryan Foster.
York City have released defender Derwin Martina, just four short days after arriving at the club.
York agreed a deal to bring in the 22-year-old until the end of the season, believing him to be the brother of Southampton full-back Cuco Martina.
Indeed, the National League even announced as much when they broke the news on their official club website.
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Not so very long ago, with the 'Wenger Out' campaign atfull bonk, one particular protest banner went viral after it was unfurled at an Ethiopian football match.
This was because it appeared to feature not one, but two of the internet's twin obsessions, namelyArsene Wenger and a bonus spelling mistake.
Remember yesterday when we brought you news of a defeat so heavythat it causedCD Eldense to withdraw fromthe Spanish third tierwith immediate effect? Well, it would appear that the saga doesn't begin and end there.
The day after the match (i.e, today),Eldense's head coach Filippo di Pierro wasarrested by police who are reportedly chasing upallegations of corruption pertaining to Saturday's Segunda Division B fixture.
Sod PSG-Barca; the real four-goal thriller of the night unfolded at Carrow Road, where Norwich and Newcastle played out a frenetic 2-2 draw.
Having gone 1-0 up less than 25 seconds after kick-off, Newcastle were swiftly pegged back by two quick goals from Jacob Murphy and Cameron Jerome.
The latter was a real peach, with 'keeper Karl Darlow claiming the assist courtesy of a truly woefulattempted clearance that was sliced directly into Jerome's path.