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.
It's so casual from Fernando given where he is but why hasn't Hart given him the call and why didn't he move? Amazing at this level.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) April 6, 2016
4 mins to ht & you give the ball to Fernando on the edge of the box? Should do better but get to ht with the clean sheet!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 6, 2016
When the mistake comes from Fernando and NOT Mangala.. pic.twitter.com/1XXJCoZkbH— Copa90 (@Copa90) April 6, 2016
Fernando will not want to remember this one. A freak goal! https://t.co/BzZZj5GnPY— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) April 6, 2016
Poor old Fernando should have to go in goals next for that one— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) April 6, 2016
Nightmare for Fernando, putting it on a plate for Zlatan. City didn't deserve that.— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) April 6, 2016