Euro 2012 Qualification: Worst Team Of The Round - Matchday Three

Goal.com runs through the worst in show from the third round of matches...
Best formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper:

Aldo Simoncini - San Marino

Nothing positive ever comes out of conceding eight goals in a single game and San Marino's loss to Hungary was no exception. Granted, he had little support in front of him and he was probably wondering what his defence corps was up to at times, but it's hard to shy away from the fact he let in eight goals.

Defenders:

Radoslav Zabavnik - Slovakia

Slovakia came into Friday's match with a perfect record in qualifying but fell to a shock defeat to Armenia. The Mainz defender was a liability at the back and had no answers for the home side's attackers in the 3-1 defeat. The scoreline could have been worse if not for the heroics of Jan Mucha. Zabavnik picked up a yellow card too.

Aleksandr Lukovic - Serbia

It was a gong-show at the back for Serbia on Friday evening as they conceded three unanswered goals in a surprise 3-1 loss to Estonia. The Zenit St Petersburg defender was one of the main culprits of the embarrassing defeat and topped off his dismal performance with an own-goal in injury time.

Marek Suchy - Czech Republic

Terrible from his very first leaden touch. Any opportunities that fell Scotland's way in the first half were as a result of his ineptitude, which included slicing a cross off Petr Cech's face. Only better in the second half because Scotland did not enter his territory with any purpose.

Carlo Valentini - San Marino

It's easy to pick on European minnows San Marino but shipping eight goals against Hungary on Friday makes them an easy target. The 28-year-old defender was run ragged all night long by Adam Szalai before he finally had enough and received his marching orders in the 92nd minute. Not a performance he will tell his grandchildren about.

Midfielders:

Nuri Sahin - Turkey

After a bright opening ten minutes the Borussia Dortmund man faded badly. The Germany-born creative midfielder struggled to get on the ball and when he did he failed to make the most of possession.


Paul Green - Republic Of Ireland

Paul who? Did absolutely nothing to help put pressure on the haemorrhaging wound that was Ireland's central midfield. Failed to sufficiently close down Russia's full-backs who were allowed
to whip in crosses at their leisure.

Simone Pepe - Italy

It is still a mystery how the Juventus man continues to feature for la Nazionale. Despite a generous display of running, the winger once again underlined his lack of technical ability even managing to miss the target from touching distance.

Saulius Mikoliunas - Lithuania

He was meant to provide an attacking option from midfield, but had little impact on the match, and was unsurprisingly replaced. An ineffective performance from the former Hearts player.

Forwards:

Marco Borriello - Italy

The Roma hitman huffed and puffed but failed to demonstrate the cutting edge needed at international level. Despite being served with a great chance to open the scoring during the opening period, the former could only rifle into the legs of an alert Maik Taylor.


Sergei Kornilenko - Belarus

The 27-year-old was unable to find the back of the net against a usually suspect Luxembourg backline, although he did strike the post. To make matters worse he picked up a straight red for a reckless challenge with 20 minutes to go and his side were unable to pick up what should have been three easy points.


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