Is this the luckiest goal ever in a World Cup? Is this the biggest blunder ever in a World Cup? I think it’s both. As someone tweeted, ‘Holy Green’. Dempsey’s seemingly harmless shot is parried into the back of the net by England’s ‘keeper’ Robert Green.
Someone must have had to stop Rooney from punching Green in the face at halftime. The United States, after giving up an early goal to Steven Gerrard, were single handedly given a life line and a Christmas present by Green’s blunder. Or, as the British say, howler. It was a decent shot but certainly one that Green should have saved, it wasn’t a knuckle ball or anything like that.
Clint Dempsey had this to say about the goal:
Tim Howard was sympathetic of the England keeper: