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Fans puzzled as Sterling misses twice vs Wolves

Who is Man City's first-choice penalty taker? Fans puzzled as Sterling misses twice vs Wolves

December 27, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Pep Guardiola's side was denied twice by goalkeeper Rui Patricio from 12 yards.

Fans on social media have been left asking questions about whom Manchester City's spot-kick taker is after Raheem Sterling squandered two of such opportunities against Wolves. The 25-year-old Englishman had both attempts saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio but fortuitously converted the rebound in his second effort.

22 minutes into the Matchday 19 clash, Riyad Mahrez was tackled in the penalty box by Leander Dendoncker and earned a spot-kick after referee Martin Atkinson consulted the VAR. With City being handed a glorious opportunity to take the lead, Sterling stepped up to take the kick which was initially saved by Rui Patricio.

However, yet another VAR consultation revealed that there an encroachment in the buildup to the winger kick and he was given the opportunity to retake the penalty once more. Prior to his second attempt, Pep Guardiola was pictured signalling for the taker to be changed and many fans had enough reason to believe that the Spanish manager wanted Kevin De Bruyne behind the ball from 12 yards.

Yet again, Sterling saw his attempt on goal being kept out by Rui Patricio but calmly slotted home the rebound which fell in his path. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola was all but elated on the City bench, sparking the debate about whom his side's penalty taker among the club's fanbase on social media.


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