This Exchange Between QPR And Manchester City Has Been Voted The Worst 20 Seconds Of Football Ever
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29 years ago, QPR and Manchester City played out the worst 20 seconds of football ever and it is a thing of beauty.
QPR hosted City at Loftus Road for an FA Cup fourth round tie back on January 23, 1993.
The clip has it all, from last ditch tackles to poor clearances as well as one of the worst misses of all time.
Check out the clip below for a taste of the action. It'll come as no surprise that this was once named the worst passage of playing in history by an Italian magazine.
When an Italian magazine elected this as the worst 20 seconds of football ever played... (QPR vs. Man City, 1993) pic.twitter.com/5Lil7gNqV4— 90s Football (@90sfootball) March 19, 2022
We're going to try and break down the absolute bedlam in detail.
City goalkeeper Tony Coton is slow to react, diving at the feet of Hopps forward Bradley Allen completely missing the mark.
Allen's ball is intercepted by City defender Steve McMahon who then plays the ball back to his keeper.
Coton then attempts to hoof the ball forward but his kick cannons straight into a QPR player.
The ball falls to the feet of Premier League legend Les Ferdinand who is staring at an open goal two yards out.
However, the usually clinical Ferdinand loses his footing in the six yard box and takes two swipes at the open goal.
His second attempt leads to the ball going out of play and City wondering how they haven't conceded.
Watched it a few times and I'm still not sure which team was attacking and which defending. The point surely is that spectators got their money's worth. 🤣— Stratton Bank (@BankStratton) March 20, 2022
Modern managers such as Pep Guardiola likely wouldn't be too enamoured with the scrappy display, but the Sunday League-esque quality will probably resonate with many.
We haven't seen anything like this in this weekend's FA Cup action, with a number of teams producing some silky stuff.
You never know. The semi-finals could shock us with some riveting action like this.
Do you know of any other passages of play that are as horrific as this?
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