Is Alcaraz’s Dynamo dud the worst defensive display ever?

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Everton were dumped out of the Europa League in emphatic fashion last night, going down 5-2 to Dynamo Kiev, and one man in particular has come in for criticism.

Antolin Alcaraz highlighted why Roberto Martinez is desperate for defensive reinforcements with a performance that would have made Titus Bramble blush!

But was his shocker the worst defensive display of all time? Have a look at the following contenders then have your say in the vote below.

Antolin Alcaraz v Dynamo Kiev

Everton’s hopes of flying the flag for England in Europe were dashed when they were hammered 5-2 by Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

It’s not often that a result can be pinned on any one man but Alcaraz’s performance, or lack thereof, can best be described as a shambles. Video evidence has yet to emerge but it prompted plenty of ribbing from exasperated Toffees fans.

Igors Stepanovs v Manchester United

Dwight Yorke returned to the Red Devils starting line-up having been criticised by Sir Alex Ferguson for some lacklustre performances but he soon looked back to his best thanks to the hapless Latvian.

Yorke opened the scoring in under three minutes and while Arsenal briefly restored parity through Thierry Henry, Yorke made a mockery of Stepanovs to score a hat-trick and send United on to a devastating 6-1 win.

Jonathan Woodgate v Atheltic Bilbao

Real Madrid may have gone on to win the game 3-1 but Woodgate had a nightmare start to his Los Blancos career. The debutant seemed to go out of his way to give Bilbao an advantage, scoring a spectacular own goal and being sent off after just 65 minutes.

Mikael Silvestre v New York Red Bulls

Having won five Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Champions League with Manchester United, Silvestre arrived at Portland to much fanfare.

Timbers fans could have been forgiven for thinking they had the wrong man after his debut however, with the Frenchman directly responsible for New York’s first two goals and at least slightly culpable for the third.

David Luiz v Germany

He may have restored his reputation somewhat with some solid performances for PSG this season but David Luiz’s stock sunk to an all-time low in front of his own fans in last summer’s World Cup.

The Sideshow Bob lookalike looked like a deer in the headlights as he tried and failed – seven times – to stop Germany running riot at the Estadio Mineirao.

Per Mertesacker v Monaco

“Can’t run”, “lanky” and “just sooo slow” were just some of the words used to describe the German after Arsenal’s shock 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the Champions League.

He may have won a World Cup but Gunners fans are still not convinced by Mertesacker and would rather see Paulista in the starting line-up!


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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.