Manchester City's striker Sergio Aguero (C) has this penalty attempt saved by Chelsea's goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Photo: Shaun Botterill/AFP
Manchester City's striker Sergio Aguero (C) has this penalty attempt saved by Chelsea's goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Photo: Shaun Botterill/AFP

I’m sorry ... Manchester City's Sergio Aguero apologises for penalty miss after Chelsea defeat

By Reuters Time of article published May 9, 2021

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero apologised for his failed attempt at a chipped penalty in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea, saying it was a "bad decision".

City were 1-0 up when they were handed a chance to extend their lead at the break after a penalty was awarded following Billy Gilmour's challenge on Gabriel Jesus in the box.

Aguero attempted a "Panenka" penalty designed to fool the goalkeeper with a chip straight down the middle, but Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy did not commit to his dive and was able to simply stand up and catch the gentle shot.

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City would have been crowned league champions with a win but Chelsea scored twice after the break.

"I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty," City's all-time top scorer Aguero tweeted.\

"It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility."

City boss Pep Guardiola refused to criticise Aguero for his fluffed attempt and said it was wrong to argue the penalty had turned the game.

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The Etihad club, who have a 13-point lead at the top of the table, could still secure the title this weekend if second-placed Manchester United lose at Aston Villa later on Sunday.

Reuters

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