It's been four months since Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan missed this critical penalty at the death of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay, a kick that could have sent an African team to the semis for the first time ever. Today, Gyan turns 25, and while he's fortunately moved past his summer of regret—he's currently scoring plenty for Sunderland and dancing all the way—his South Africa penalty fail will no doubt be in the first paragraph of his obituary. That's the thing with botched penalties. As with free throws (Nick Anderson) or field goals (Scott Norwood), the players who miss them at crucial moments tend to loom larger in our collective memories than the ones who convert them. So, then, to "celebrate" Gyan's 25th, we've compiled a countdown of The Worst Penalty Fails in Soccer History, from Baggio and Becks to lesser-known players across Brazil and Britain. Get a hold of your nerves and head to the spot...
The Worst Penalty Fails in Soccer History
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