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Man City's Sergio Agüero apologizes for calamitous penalty miss against Chelsea

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

Striker says fluffed 'Panenka' was a 'bad decision' after club's title quest delayed

Sergio Aguero apologized for his failed attempt at a chipped penalty during Manchester City's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. City would have been crowned league champions with a win. (Laurence Griffiths/Reuters)

Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero apologized 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.


Agüero 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.

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

"I would like to apologize to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty," City's all-time top scorer Agüero tweeted after the game.

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

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

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.

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