Roma's Pau López delivers unto us a goalkeeping error for the ages (video)

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Roma goalkeeper Pau López (center) had an all-time blunder against Lazio. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Roma goalkeeper Pau López (center) had an all-time blunder against Lazio. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Have you ever seen a howler like this?

The Rome derby between Lazio and Roma finished at 1-1 after Roma goalkeeper Pau López submitted his candidacy for blunder of the year, if not all time.

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The infamy took place in the 34th minute, less than 10 minutes after Edin Džeko gave Roma the lead (via ESPN):

López’s teammate Davide Santon headed the corner kick straight up in the air, and rather than letting it drift out of bounds — which everyone on both teams clearly expected him to do — López punched it back into play, apparently trying to keep possession and prevent another corner.

Only the ball popped perilously close to the goal line, forcing López and Roma center back Chris Smalling to scramble for it. Neither could clear, and Lazio’s Francesco Acerbi drilled it into the net.

Wow. We’ve seen some pretty high-profile howlers even in recent times, but for sheer ingenuity, López might take the cake.

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