Manchester City all-but secured a place in the Champions League group stage with a 5-0 win over Steaua Bucharest – but it wasn’t smooth sailing for Sergio Aguero, who missed two penalties.
Within minutes of the start, Pep Guardiola’s side won themselves a penalty after Muniru Sulley chopped Raheem Sterling’s legs in the box.
And it was Aguero who stepped up to drill the ball into the net – except he failed magnificently. More humiliation was around the corner for Aguero, who took the opportunity to regain face after Man City were awarded another penalty minutes later – only to miss again and lead Guardiola to do this…
2 penalty misses for Aguero…Guardiola was just as shocked as we were! #UCL pic.twitter.com/ZWwixPw1lk
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) August 16, 2016
That’s right, that Argentinian striker missed two penalties within the space of 20 minutes spurring every single football fan to make the same exact joke…
Aguero spent too much time with Messiððððððð
— FanBoy (@edehjr) August 16, 2016
I know Aguero's idol is Messi but missing two penalties in one game is a bit too much don't you think
— Stan (@BarcaStan11) August 16, 2016
Aguero doing his best Messi impression by missing penalties on the reg
— Ciaron (@ciaron_boles) August 16, 2016
Aguero’s mishap echoed that of fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi, who famously missed a crucial penalty during the Copa America final between Argentina and Chile before bowing out of international football all together (side note: Messi has since reversed his decision to retire).
BREAKING: Messi returns to retirement after Aguero misses two penalties in less than 15 minutes. He says he had hope.
— Joey (@asensioholic) August 16, 2016
What a man Aguero is. Bottling all his pens to celebrate Messi coming back to the Argentine national team. Hero.
— #J (@ElAficionadofcb) August 16, 2016
Sergio Aguero trying to make Messi feel better by missing all these penalties. What a great friend.
— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) August 16, 2016
Aguero has clearly been practising penalties with Messi
— Dan Charles (@danielfcharles) August 16, 2016
Nevertheless Man City ended the game on a high thanks to David Silva’s early goal, a second half stunner from Manuel Agudo Nolito – oh and a hat trick from Aguero. Yep, he well and truly redeemed himself.