Mark Schwarzer earned a big move to Chelsea this summer but if he had any hopes of displacing Petr Cech as Jose Mourinho’s number one, an awful gaffe might have quashed them.
The Australian, 40, was keeping goal in a friendly against Roma in the United States in the early hours on Sunday morning and maybe the time difference contributed to a very lazy piece of play.
Ryan Bertrand played a simple backpass to the keeper at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC but Schwarzer somehow allowed it to skin off his instep before hitting the post.
As Schwarzer scrambled back to try and atone for his error, Roma forward Erik Lamela pounced to tuck the ball away for the easiest of opening goals.
The keeper’s team-mates looked away in disappointment but at least Chelsea came back to win 2-1 thanks to efforts from Frank Lampard and Romelu Lukaku.
Schwarzer, who joined Chelsea on a free from Fulham, will be hoping to avoid similar mistakes when the season starts for real...