‘Absolute shocker’: Fans struggle to comprehend Joelinton’s incredible close-range ‘miss of the season’, before Brazilian makes amends by scoring winner for Newcastle against Southampton in Carabao Cup
Newcastle striker Joelinton was left red-faced after missing an open goal in his side’s 1-0 win over Southampton in the first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
And fans on Twitter are clearly struggling to understand how the Brazilian managed to miss, with the goal at his mercy from six yards out.
The Magpies star had already had one goal overruled for a contentious handball call, before missing from point-blank range, although he later got the only goal of the game from similar range.
Joelinton managed what many fans are calling the ‘miss of the season’ against Southampton
The Brazilian was at the heart of the action for his side, who secured a slender lead for the return leg at St. James’ Park next Tuesday, with the Magpies now just 90 minutes from a first cup final since 1999.
But viewers on social media were still unable to get their heads around his howler – although he did later manage to get on the scoresheet, with many speculating that it might go down as the worst miss of the season.
One fan wrote: ‘Thats the miss of the season from Joelinton. Absolute shocker…’
The Brazilian later scored the only goal of the game to give his side a slender advantage
Another agreed, saying: ‘Joelinton with the miss of the season.’
A third echoed the sentiment by stating: ‘Joelinton with the miss of the season, tournament and year. My word.’
A fourth viewer suggested that the miss was evidence for his slight change of position into a deeper role, adding: ‘And that’s why Joelinton isn’t allowed to play up front anymore…’
The 26-year-old fired well over the bar from only six yards out in the 53rd minute of the game
Another viewer was also quick to comment on his original position up front when the club signed him from Hoffenheim, saying: ‘Wow. Joelinton was bought as a striker. Imagine that.’
One fan claimed that all the hard work had already been done for the 26-year-old: ‘Oh dearie me Joelinton had it handed to him there.’
And a seventh viewer was clearly shocked, writing only: ‘Joelinton missed a tap in,’ followed by two surprised emojis.
Joelinton also had a goal in the first half ruled out after a controversial VAR decision on a handball
The forward has notably improved under Eddie Howe after a difficult start to life at St. James’ Park, and has flourished in a more deep-lying role.
However he has only managed four goals and three assists in 24 games across all competitions for the Magpies in 2022-23.
But although he will likely be left with flashbacks of his glaring miss on Tuesday evening, he will at least be able to seek consolation in the fact that it was his goal that proved ultimately decisive.
Fans on Twitter were left stunned after the 26-year-old’s point-blank miss in the second half