Fans in stitches as Chelsea’s Kai Havertz produces ‘trick shot’ with horror miss

Kai Havertz may not have scored inChelsea’s win over Club America on Sunday, but he achieved something much rarer and more valuable.

Havertz started up front for the Blues in their first friendly of the pre-season tour of the USA in Nevada. Thomas Tuchel ’s side won the match 2-1, but no thanks to Havertz, who spurned a brilliant chance to find the back of the net.

Instead it was goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount which made the difference, while Reece James was guilty ofscoring an own-goal . Havertz’s miss wasn’t just any miss though – it found its way into a bucket stationed behind the goal.

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In thebarely believable clip , Havertz is slipped through on goal by a perfect pass from Conor Gallagher. The German striker takes a decent first touch to get the ball out of his feet and onto his favoured left foot.

It all looks to be going to plan as he shapes to curl the ball into the far corner. But instead of nestling in the back of the net, his effort balloons well wide, into the advertising hoardings and then, remarkably, into a white bucket.

A shocked looking man stood behind the goal then goes and fishes it out of the bucket and returns the ball while Havertz buries his head in his hands in disbelief at his miss – or marvellous pinpoint effort, depending on your viewpoint.

The commenters on social media certainly took the second way of looking at things, celebrating Havertz’s magic in disappearing the ball. “You always make the best trickshots when you don't intend to do them,” one fan wrote on Reddit.

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“Lebron James of soccer,” joked another. “Should have celebrated that,” added another. “Intentional in my book,” wrote one fan. “Everyone is playing football but he’s playing 4D chess.”

“3 point bin shots is the next big thing, trust me on this,” wrote another. On Twitter, one fan wrote: “He was aiming for the bucket cause the goal was too easy.” Another added: “That’s where all his shots ends up, in the trash.” But one fan concluded: “He knew Americans liked basketball.”

We will have another chance to see three-pointer expert Havertz in action on Thursday, when Chelsea take on American side Charlotte FC.


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