Manchester City crushed Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in Romania in their first-leg Champions League qualifier on Tuesday.
Argentinian star Kun Aguero was the hero on the night but could easily have been the villain after missing not one but two penalty efforts.
After somehow missing to squander two spot kicks Aguero went onto score a hat-trick to all but guarantee City a place in the Champions League group stages.
Aguero saw had one penalty saved and blasted the other over the bar, but recovered to score a hat-trick in what turned out to be City’s biggest ever Champions League victory.
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City boss Pep Guariola revealed after the game that Aguero is still his first choice penalty taker despite missing twice.
“I am confident if Aguero is confident and as far as I am concerned he is still taking the penalties,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror after the game.
Despite missing his penalties, Guardiola underlined that he was proud of Aguero for taking responsibility and not letting it effect his performance.
“Yes, he missed two penalties but after the first he wanted to take the second and I like a player who stands up to that responsibility,” he added.
“I like that he believes he has that power.
“I will leave it up to the players but I am happy to let him carry on.
“The fact he missed the penalties is part of the game, but it was important that Sergio stayed focused and didn’t get down.
“He focused on his game and after he scored three goals.
“A penalty is a penalty. He has the personality to hit it but he was not a let-down and he scored three goals.”
City take on the Romanian giants back at the Etihad next week and will qualify as long as they avoid a defeat by five goals or more.
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