- Aguero missed a penalty which would have handed Manchester City a 2-0 lead over Chelsea on Saturday, May 8
- City went on to lose the game 2-1 as Chelsea delayed their title celebrations
- Aguero has since taken to social media to apologise for the penalty miss
- The Argentine is City’s all-time leading goalscorer and is set to leave the club at the end of the season
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Manchester City’s all-time goalscorer Sergio Aguero has issued an apology to teammates and fans after missing a crucial penalty during his side's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, May 8.
The Argentine had a chance to double the Citizens lead in the final moments of the opening half but he squandered the opportunity after trying to replicate Panneka's style of a penalty kick.
But Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was up to the task as he casually saved the spot-kick in the final moment of the opening half.
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This came about 240 seconds after Aguero gave the hosts the lead in the 44th minute at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s defeat ignited some criticism of Aguero, who was the major talking point in the game after his penalty miss.
Amid the storm on social media and from pundits, the 32-year old took to his social media to apologise for missing his spot-kick.
“I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty. It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility."
His loyal fans have since backed him up on social media, as they have him full marks for taking accountability.
Aguero’s teammate Raheem Sterling also showed some class by admitting the entire team generally were off the mark on the day.
“Easy Hermano. Only ourselves to blame today but we go again. Love bro,” Sterling tweeted.
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Peter Crouch, who famously saw his Paneka attempt go over the bar for England in 2006, also cracked netizens up with his comment, saying,” At least yours didn’t go over the bar?”
Aguero’s penalty miss might have dampened his spirits on the day, but there is no denying the Argentine’s contribution to Manchester City over the past decade or so.
The failed Paneka aside, Aguero will be remembered for the infamous goal against QPR which ultimately handed Manchester City their first-ever Premier League title at the expense of rivals Manchester United with the very last kick of the season.
Guardiola himself labelled Sergio Aguero “irreplaceable” in his first public sentiments since the announcement of the Argentine’s impending departure from the Etihad.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Pep Guardiola and his wards knew before the battle that a win would give them the Premier League title, and they did themselves lots of good by netting the first goal only for them to concede two goals in the second half.
The duel was also a dressing rehearsal for the Champions League final as Manchester City and Chelsea will be facing in Europe's most glamour competition.
Chelsea went into this game with just the determination of avoiding defeat and maintain their stay in the top four so as to get Champions League ticket at the end of the term.