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Sergio Aguero apologises to Man City supporters after Panenka gaffe

Toby Cudworth
Sergio Aguero inexplicably attempted a Panenka penalty
Sergio Aguero inexplicably attempted a Panenka penalty / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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Sergio Aguero has apologised to Manchester City's supporters after his attempted Panenka penalty, which was saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, ensured the club must wait to win a fifth Premier League title.

The Argentine striker, who will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, stepped up just before half-time looking to double City's lead after Gabriel Jesus had been bundled over in the box by Billy Gilmour.

Sergio Aguero
Aguero's penalty was patted down easily by Mendy / SHAUN BOTTERILL/Getty Images

Had Aguero scored, City would have been 2-0 up just before half-time and would have been overwhelming favourites to finish the job against a Chelsea side they will face again in the Champions League final at the end of the month.

But, to the disbelief of all watching in the stadium and on TV, Aguero attempted a cheeky Panenka style penalty - only to see his tame chip easily saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy. The miss would come back to haunt City as Thomas Tuchel's side got back into the game, first equalising through Hakim Ziyech before stealing all three points at the death through Marcos Alonso.

Taking to his official Twitter page after the game, Aguero has now apologised for not taking the penalty in a conventional manner, admitting he'd made an error in judgment.

"I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty," Aguero's post read. "It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility."

Luckily for Aguero, his legendary status at the club is already assured, and this miss - barring a catastrophic meltdown in City's final three Premier League games - shouldn't cost his team in the grand scheme of things. Neighbourhood rivals Manchester United must win their remaining five games and hope that City don't pick up another point.

As for the future, it's currently unclear where the 32-year-old will end up. He's been linked with a move to Barcelona, while he's also been touted as a potential target for Chelsea. 90min understands that Leeds are also keen to unite him with fellow countryman and manager, Marcelo Bielsa.

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