On this day in 2009, one of the most bizarre goals in Premier League history occurred as Sunderland scored the ‘beach ball goal.’
Liverpool had travelled to the Stadium of Light in pretty retched form for their high standards, having challenged for the league title just a few months earlier. On a troublesome away day, the Reds’ luck was summed up by this cruel twist of fate.
As a cross came in from the right, a beach ball from the crowd rolled finely into place to deflect Darren Bent’s shot past Pepe Reina. It was a bonkers moment that sparked plenty of debate.
And, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the goal, Sky Sports has actually shared a complination of the strangest Premier League goals ever on YouTube.
But few can deny that Darren Bent’s strike is the most memorable. It helped Sunderland to victory on that afternoon in 2009, during what proved to be Rafael Benitez’s last season as Liverpool manager as the Reds came 7th.