Reason Why Manchester City Fans Are to Blame for Bernardo Silva's Disastrous Penalty Miss

Reason Why Manchester City Fans Are to Blame for Bernardo Silva's Disastrous Penalty Miss

Isaac Darko
updated at April 18, 2024 at 8:40 AM
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  • Silva missed his penalty in bizarre fashion against Real Madrid on Wednesday
  • The Man City star endured a 40-second wait as the ball lingered in the crowd
  • Los Blancos will now face Bayern Munich across two legs for a spot in the final

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Manchester City supporters caused a roughly 40-second delay before Bernardo Silva's unfortunate penalty miss in their Champions League loss to Real Madrid.

In a clash between the European champions and Los Blancos at the Etihad Stadium, both teams remained evenly matched across two games, leading to a penalty shootout, where Pep Guardiola's side fell short.

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Manchester City fans held onto the ball before throwing it back, with Silva kicking his penalty into the arms of Andriy Lunin. Photos by Stu Forster/Naomi Baker.
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The English giants initially gained an edge in the shootout after Luka Modric's penalty was saved by Ederson.

However, Silva missed his attempt immediately after, and Kovacic's effort was also blocked.

Silva's miss unfolded in a peculiar manner, with the Portuguese star aiming straight down the middle, only for Andriy Lunin to remain motionless and effortlessly catch the ball in a pivotal moment.

However, it seemed unfair to solely blame the player, as he was forced to wait to take his kick due to the ball being held by the crowd, with City fans reluctant to return it, per Manchester Evening News.

Silva awaited his turn to take the kick while Italian referee Daniele Orsato requested a new ball, watching as it eventually came back from the crowd.

With nerves evident, he approached the ball for the kick and, unfortunately, scooped it straight into the waiting hands of Lunin, per Reuters.

The ball went into the crowd after Ederson dove low to save Modric's penalty just before Silva's attempt.

Replays showed Modric kicking it into the stand behind the goal before returning to the halfway line.

Who are the Champions League semi-finalists?

Sports Brief examines the Champions League semi-finalists for this year.

Real Madrid secured their spot by defeating Manchester City 4-3 in a penalty shootout on Wednesday, marking their return to the semi-finals.

Joining them are six-time champions Bayern Munich, French titleholders Paris Saint-Germain, and 1997 victors Borussia Dortmund.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)