Wednesday 28 June 2017

Man City's Fernando gets completely slated after howler gifts PSG an equaliser

Manchester City's Fernando shows his dejection after his pass hit Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG resulting in a goal for the French side. Photo: Getty Images
Manchester City's Fernando shows his dejection after his pass hit Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG resulting in a goal for the French side. Photo: Getty Images
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Fernando won't forget this shocking error any time soon.

With five minutes to go until half time in tonight's Champions League quarter-final first leg between PSG and Man City, the visitors held a slender 1-0 lead after a Kevin de Bruyne goal. City keeper Joe Hart then played a short kick out to Brazilian Fernando, who dithered on the ball before inexplicably cannoning it off the on-rushing Zlatan and into his own net.

The gift of a goal was a hammer blow for City, who had led despite allowing PSG a host of good chances. Zlatan was only too happy to profit from the blunder after a terrible first half that saw him miss a penalty and squander a 1 v 1.

Fernando has often been held up as one of Manchester City's big-money signings who regularly underperforms and tonight's error reinforces that view.

Nobody had much sympathy for Fernando after his brainfart either, even as his side recovered to earn a crucial 2-2 draw in Paris.

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