Ex-Norwich flop Ricky van Wolfswinkel misses open goal from three yards

Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Despite being in great form for new club Basel, the Dutchman endured a moment of madness against Grasshopper.

Former Norwich striker Van Wolfswinkel, who famously scored just once (on his debut) for the Canaries in their unsuccessful 2013/14 Premier League season, has enjoyed a career revival in recent years.

Van Wolfswinkel spent 2014/15 on loan with Saint-Etienne, then 2015/16 at Real Betis – where he didn't score his first (and only) La Liga goal until April 2016. 

But last season he spent a successful year in the Eredivisie with Vitesse, for whom he scored 23 goals in 37 appearances. That secured him a permanent move away from Norwich to Swiss Super League champions Basel.

The 28-year-old has got off to a great start there, scoring four goals in his opening four matches. But he made a howler to miss out on a hat-trick against Grasshopper on Thursday night, having already netted a brace earlier in the game.

From three yards out, Van Wolfswinkel somehow failed to convert the easiest of tap-ins after some fine work by substitute Dimitri Oberlin down the flank. Ricky! 

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