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Brad Guzan's Extraordinary Misfortune Vs Chelsea Sums Up Boro's Season

Brad Guzan's Extraordinary Misfortune Vs Chelsea Sums Up Boro's Season
By Mikey Traynor

Middlesbrough have been relegated back down to The Championship after falling to a 3-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Having scored so few goals, Boro have endured an extremely difficult and unfortunate season, but the manner of their defeat against Chelsea, and the misfortune for goalkeeper Brad Guzan in particular, sums up a forgettable campaign.

Guzan was playing one of his last matches in the Premier League as he will return to America to play in the MLS once the season is over, and he will want to forget tonight's performance as quickly as possible.

Before we get into the goals, keep in mind that Guzan took a clattering from the studs of Diego Costa as well, just to make it worse:

But then the goals, the unfortunate goals. Alan Smith in the Sky Sports commentary booth used the time made available from treatment after that Diego Costa challenge to point out that Guzan had been nutmegged for every Chelsea goal.

I mean, for a keeper to get nutmegged once isn't great... And to have it happen to him three times is a bit unfortunate.

As we mentioned he's let in 8 here before, I don't think it's going to be that many, but it's another night to forget at Stamford Bridge for him.

Poor Brad.

As you can see, Smith was correct, all three Chelsea goals were scored between his legs.

First was Diego Costa:


Then Marcos Alonso got in on the act:

Then Nemanja Matic finished off the "hat-trick":

So unlucky.


His defence let him down, for sure, but it's rare to see a goalkeeper ship three in such a similar fashion.

It's also back-to-back relegations for Brad Guzan, hopefully he has a bit more happiness back in Major League Soccer. Boro, meanwhile, will be plotting their return to the top-flight without him.

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