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'Something unreal happened': Football's biggest choke

(CNN)In sport, playing in a final is the pinnacle, but losing a final is awful. They say there are no prizes for second place; that's not entirely true, but a silver medal isn't much of a consolation. The losers would often prefer to be forgotten. But if there is to be a fate worse than finishing as the runner-up, it's being remembered only because you blew it, choked, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The history books of sport are littered with many such examples. Golf can be particularly cruel; just think of Greg Norman's epic collapse in the 1996 Masters or the hapless Jean van de Velde at the 1999 Open Championship, where he threw away a three-shot lead on the very last hole. Such calamities can define a career or even shape t ...