Man City's Gabriel Jesus SHOCKING open goal miss
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Gabriel Jesus added to his wretched record from the penalty spot when the Manchester City star saw his effort saved by Swindon goalkeeper Lewis Ward on Friday night. The Brazil international has not scored from the spot for almost three years. And a deeper look into his career statistics shows he should perhaps stay away from spot-kicks.
City were cruising to victory in the third round of the FA Cup at the County Ground.
Goals from Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan had put the visitors 3-0 to the good.
City were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark and Jesus ensured he was first to the ball.
Kevin de Bruyne did not look best pleased that he wasn’t taking it and he was perhaps right to question his team-mate.
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Jesus attempted to put off Ward by hesitating midway through his run up.
But the 24-year-old goalkeeper remained unfazed and dived to his right to push away the weak effort.
That, according to transfermarkt.co.uk, is the seventh penalty Jesus has missed in his career.
On the face of it, that record isn’t too bad. For example, Lionel Messi has missed a total of 29 in his illustrious career.
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But Jesus has only ever taken 11 penalties, scoring just four of them.
The 24-year-old has now missed his last five efforts from 12 yards – two of those for Brazil and three while in a City shirt.
His last successful penalty came against Wolves in the Premier League on 14 January 2019.
He scored two spot-kicks in the 6-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk in November 2018.
Jesus’ first goal from the penalty spot was in a 2-1 win over Leicester in May 2017.
But Swindon star Ward adds to a list of goalkeepers who have prevented Jesus from scoring, which includes the likes of Hugo Lloris, Dean Henderson and Lukasz Fabianski.
In January 2020, Jesus admitted penalties were something he had to put more work into on the training ground.
“In the training sessions I take them and I score more than I miss,” said Jesus.
“If I take five I miss one and sometimes I don’t miss.
“In games it’s been different. I’ve taken three this season – two here and one with the national team Brazil – and I missed all three.
“When you miss three in a row you go to the next one under pressure to score. So that’s the challenge. I have in my mind that I have to train more and improve more of course.”
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