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Striker Deivid duffs, misses wide open net in semifinal loss (video)

There are big misses and then there are big misses, and the goal box gaffe by Flamengo striker Deivid certainly falls in the latter category, not the former.

Deivid’s epic miss on what should have been a sure goal has propelled the striker into the role of goat in Brazil — he has been mocked and ridiculed in headlines in the country’s newspapers — especially in light of the fact that he and his Flamengo squad ultimately lost 2-1 to Vasco da Gama in the semifinals of the Guanabara Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

With the score tied 1-1, Deivid received a cross from the right side which found him all alone in the six-yard box. Nothing stood between him and glory, except for a mis-hit that caused the ball to ricochet off the post instead of ending up in the back of the net. Oops.