Football’s most heartbreaking moments seven years on from Steven Gerrard’s slip

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard slipped on the Anfield turd seven years ago today to end their Premier League title hopes.

The Reds icon had led his side to a five-point lead at the top of the table with three games to go, taking on second-placed Chelsea.

But the Englishman suffered a slip at the wrong moment, his left foot failing to grip in his own half as Demba Ba was left to run and slot past Simon Mignolet.

With Willian adding the second in stoppage time and a 3-3 draw following at Crystal Palace a week later, Manchester City were given a clear run at their second title.

When Liverpool fans reflect on Brendan Rodgers’ near miss through tear-filled eyes, it is Gerrard’s slip they point to.

On the seventh anniversary of that moment, Daily Star Sport has taken a look at other heartbreaking moments that left fans feeling emotional…

Gazza’s tears

England’s opportunity to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came in Italy 26 years later, with West Germany standing in their way.

But Paul Gascoigne, the star man for the Three Lions, was treading on eggshells as one yellow card would rule him out of the potential final.

When Thomas Berthed went down under his foul in extra time at 1-1 and referee Jose Roberto Wright pulled out his yellow, it was all too much for the midfielder.

As tears filled his eyes, the iconic photo with Gary Lineker was taken and the nation wept, with Germany going to win 4-3 on penalties.

City’s VAR rollercoaster

Pep Guardiola is nearer than ever to securing the Champions League title for City this season.

It would certainly cure the wounds from the 2018/19 campaign, where they were dealt a heartbreaking blow in the quarter-finals by Tottenham.

Having gone 1-0 down in the first leg, the domestic treble winners were level 4-4 on aggregate with Spurs having an away goal advantage.

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    But a VAR review found Sergio Aguero was in an offside position when he receive the ball, ruling the goal out and sending Mauricio Pochettino’s side to the semi-finals in a dramatic turn of events.

    From euphoria to shock in just over 60 seconds, all City could do was stare in silence at full time.

    Ghana’s World Cup woes

    Another quarter-final that left fans in tears of sadness came in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the 2010 World Cup.

    Ghana were in extra time battling a 1-1 draw against Uruguay, looking to become the first African team ever to reach the tournament’s semi-final.

    And they gifted a golden opportunity when Gerrard’s 2013/14 team-mate Luis Suarez used his hands to stop Dominic Adiyiah’s header hitting the net, winning a penalty and sending the forward off.

    Up stepped Sunderland hero Asamoah Gyan… who hit the crossbar before the South American team won 4-2 on penalties for a place in the semi-finals.

    A whole continent wept as a bawling Gyan had to be pulled to his feet by three team-mates as the shot at history was lost.

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    Beckham’s Parisian swan song

    Players have been seen getting emotional on leaving clubs throughout the years, such as Andres Iniesta sitting in the centre circle of the Nou Camp following his 2018 Barcelona exit.

    But none captured the hearts of the footballing world more than Golden Boots himself.

    After an illustrious career with Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan, his last game came at PSG in their last home game of the 2012/13 season against Brest.

    Providing an assist in a 3-1 win as captain, he was substituted on 80 minutes to a standing ovation.

    His eyes were already full of tears as he was playing, receiving hugs from all his team-mates before lifting the liege 1 title, the 13th major honour of his career.

    The ‘Five-Minute’ FA Cup final

    This thriller at Wembley has been dubbed the “five-minute final” for the rollercoaster of emotions it provided.

    The Gunners were 2-0 up with five minutes to full time thanks to Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton’s first-half strikes.

    But Gordon McQueen’s strike and a stunning dribble by Sammy McIlroy three minutes later levelled the tie.

    And north London fans were left fearing a consecutive runners-up medal would be coming after the previous year’s 1-0 FA Cup final loss to Ipswich.

    When Alan Sunderland, though, got his foot onto Graham Ric’s 89th-minute cross, victory was secured as United were left heartbroken and Arsenal celebrated.

    Wenger’s retirement

    Terry Neil’s seat as Arsenal manager was taken 17 years after that cup win by this legendary Frenchman.

    Bringing revolutionary methods to Highbury in 1996, he spent 22 years in north London as he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

    It all came to an end on May 6 2018 with a 5-0 win over Burnley as a ceremony fit for a king, with clubs legends and a full Emirates Stadium applauding him.

    When he finished with “I will miss you”, the waterworks started around the ground – but perhaps that was foreboding at the decline in the club’s form since Wenger’s departure.

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  • Celtic’s last-minute anguish

    The Old Firm derby has dominated the Scottish Premiership since 1985, with Celtic or Rangers taking the honour to Glasgow.

    While more recent honours have been won by country miles, it was down to the wire in 2005.

    The Hoops travelled to Motherwell with a two-point lead over their rivals, who went to face Hibernian at Easter Road.

    With two minutes to full-time, Celtic appeared to be winning a 40th top-flight title as both sides had 1-0 wins.

    But two strikes from Scott McDonald for Motherwell shut the door on Rangers’ rivals as the Ibrox side leapt in front for a 51st title.

    As Alex Macleish’s Rangers celebrated, forlorn Hoops fans were left in tears at Fir Park on “Helicopter Sunday” as the trophy’s transport quickly changed direction.

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    ‘Agueroooo!’

    Do emotional rollercoasters come any bigger than the last day of the 2011/12 Premier League on May 13?

    With 90 minutes played, City had lost their place at the top to rivals United as they were losing 2-1 to QPR at home and Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were winning 1-0 at Sunderland.

    As the full-time whistle went at the Stadium of Light, Edin Dzeko found the back of the net to give Roberto Mancini’s side a chance.

    Then it happened…

    Sergio Aguero’s 95th-minute goal put City level on 89 points with United as their better points difference by eight goals won the historic title.

    Images emerged from Sunderland of United fans left frozen with heartbreak as the players were confounded and Sir Alex red-faced, with that day leading to his retirement decision a year later.

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