Loaned out by Nottingham Forest to Waasland-Beveren in Belgium, Apostolos Vellios’ season so far had been relatively quiet.
Scoring two goals in his first six appearances, the Greek forward was gently helping the Belgian side on their way, but Sunday’s game against Antwerp saw the 26-year-old hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Losing 1-0 at home to Antwerp, Waasland-Beveren had a chance to pick up a point in the dying minutes of the game, as the ball fell to the Nottingham Forest striker’s feet, and all he had to do was tap it in.
Instead, the loanee’s shot missed the goal completely, much to his manager’s frustration, who, relayed by Sportsactu, couldn’t hide his disbelief.
Yannick Ferrera said: “That Vellios chance… I think it’s physically impossible to miss that. I thought it was going in. It’s incredible. It would have left us with a completely different feeling”.
Purchased by Forest after an interesting season at Iraklis Thessaloniki (17 goals in 53 appearances), Vellios wasn’t able to find the same form at City Ground, where he only managed to find the back of the net eight times in 45 games.
Contracted until 2020, the Greece international certainly won’t be doing his stock any favours with performances like that.