In football, it's the defeats that define you as much as the victories. There's a reason that Jose Mourinho is that defensive.
Still, the moments of sheer heartbreak are defining in ways that you'd rather not speak of. The near misses. The moments in which you'd dreamed of the win, only to watch your hopes crash before your eyes.
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We thought we'd ask you for the most gut-punching moment in your football-supporting career. And boy did you deliver.
Croatia second goal vs England 2018 https://t.co/Rl9NugDerRApril 7, 2021
Cheers Colin, admin's crying (again).
The penalty given against Sissoko in the Champions League final https://t.co/oL7Ma4neJdApril 7, 2021
In the first minute of the game, too. That's just so frustrating when that happens to you.
https://t.co/ZoX35tbwwX pic.twitter.com/KZIUR4yaILApril 7, 2021
That's Adam Federici of Reading, after a stunning performance in an FA Cup semi-final, fumbling as the ball inexplicably squirmed past him in extra time. The Aussie keeper reportedly had his wedding booked for Cup final day that year. Coincidence? We certainly hope the mistake wasn't orchestrated to keep his other half happy...
This still hurts really, really badly https://t.co/w8vJzklbu6 pic.twitter.com/GJ9sOO9M1DApril 7, 2021
Perhaps the worst thing about this loss for Everton fans is the fact that it didn't really feel inevitable. Those ones are always the worst.
Nani getting sent off against Real Madrid or Drogba's winner with the last touch of the FA Cup Final in 2007. Both followed by the only times I've ever felt sad while going for a curry.April 7, 2021
If you're sad while having a curry, you know it's been a rough day.
Derby County, play-off final, 2007. We were the better team, lost by a single goal, and they went on to be the worst Premiership side ever.Tied with Portsmouth, FA Cup semi-final 2008. Lost to a handball. Would have played Cardiff in the final. Still bitter 13 years later #WBA https://t.co/XhtJwDHZJBApril 7, 2021
It's certainly hard to take a loss if you feel you were the better team. Imagine how hard it is to take if the following 12 months confirm your opponents as the worst side to ever be promoted into the Premier League.
Not the most gut-punching but definitely an honourable mention, this miss cost us the league title 🥲 https://t.co/pZcnmaI7cN pic.twitter.com/rJ9fSGx5AbApril 7, 2021
From the neutral's perspective, this miss is an absolute work of art. The sheer nonchalance of the shot taker. The right-footed sweep when a left foot would be better.The sudden realisation from the whole ground of what's happening as the ball rolls in slow-motion past the post. The look of disgust from the teammate to the left. Awful and brilliant all at once.
Only one. https://t.co/7Ldwq67Vyn pic.twitter.com/fyCpHFWGcHApril 7, 2021
25 long years later, it still hurts. The Germans probably don't even remember the guy's name.
pic.twitter.com/0pUXYsOXZVApril 7, 2021
Not only gut-punching but... just... punching.
The moment Barcelona scored the 1-1 in Paris... I knew it was all over for Arsenal 😓 https://t.co/1kIcJ203LkApril 7, 2021
Anyone who says 2-0 is the most dangerous scoreline in football obviously never told Thierry Henry that night, following his miss in the Champions League final.
Undoubtedly Harry Kane's stoppage time equaliser at Hampden. https://t.co/qkEU6YdmATApril 7, 2021
The goal that denied Scotland a famous victory over the Three Lions. England's performance really didn't deserve the point that day.
Darren Bent scoring off a Beach Ball.... 👀🤣April 7, 2021
Good to see former Liverpool and England right-back Glen Johnson chipping in with his.
When Michael Oliver gave the penalty against Benatia... then sent off Buffon. https://t.co/CnByWEN9A1April 7, 2021
Have you ever been so angry with a referee that you've told him that he has a garbage can for a heart? Gigi Buffon has.
Micheal Thomas. Anfield 1989. Last. Goddamn. Minute. https://t.co/AT1LzTmZWHApril 7, 2021
At one point in this title race, Arsenal were 19 points ahead. While we tend to focus on the magic of the underdog at Anfield, Liverpool fans must have felt sick after pegging the Gunners back so far.
Lampard no goal v Germany pic.twitter.com/3dgWMH4UGtApril 7, 2021
Another England moment against Germany. If only someone would open a memory-erasing clinic, like in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, just for England fans.
Claridge. Shin. 120th minute. Play-Off Final.April 7, 2021
The indignity of losing to a shinned-in winner. You never forget it.
The disallowed Sol Campbell goal vs Argentina!!!April 7, 2021
Let's not forget that Sol Campbell then had perhaps an even less contentious goal disallowed at Euro 2004, which would have taken England into the semi-finals. If there is a god, he does not forgive him for moving across North London.
Nuff said pic.twitter.com/MmcQTxQ3fLApril 7, 2021
This gif lives rent-free in millions of heads, by now.
I’m a Spurs fan... pic.twitter.com/1PJUMYxqAtApril 7, 2021
Gut-punching in more ways than one.
Tom Rogic. Hampden Park. Saturday 27th May 2017. 90+2. https://t.co/lRzo8P9cj1April 7, 2021
The goal that denied Aberdeen the Scottish Cup and secured an invincible treble for Celtic. They couldn't have let them have that one, could they?
When FourFourTwo systematically dismantled us at Shoreditch Power League, during a corporate five-a-side tournament sponsored by a denim conglomerate. https://t.co/csXMGxHjatApril 7, 2021
Systematically dismantled, you know. Not that we like to boast.
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