‘World’s worst penalty taker’ Mahrez adds yet another miss to ‘atrocious’ record

Riyad Mahrez has been blasted for missing another penalty for Manchester City.

The winger stepped up to potentially win the game for the Citizens in their Champions League contest against Borussia Dortmund – but he directed his stop to the bottom left and it was saved by goalkeeper Gregor Kobel.

Consequently, City fans have raged online at the poor shot, saying that it is a running trend given that the attacker has previous in missing key opportunities from the spot.

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One fumed: "Riyad Mahrez is the worst penalty taker in the world." Another said: "Riyad Mahrez is comfortably one of the worst penalty takers of all time, the bloke misses them for fun."

A third stated: ""Riyad Mahrez has to be the worst penalty taker in history (of players to regularly take penalties). Of the 32 penalties he's taken, he's missed 10."

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Someone raged: "Mahrez missed four penalties in 2022 now. Scored 22 out of 32 in his career. Bit of a mystery as to why he’s still taking them, that is a pretty a mediocre record #mcfc."

A last one said: "Why does Mahrez keep taking Man City’s penalties?! His record from the spot is atrocious #ManCity #UCL."

At Signal Iduna Park, the game ended 0-0 in what was a frustrating game for City, who are already through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Pep Guardiola opted to take off Erling Haaland for Bernando Silva, presumably to save his legs – but the move resulted in the score ending in a stalemate.

After the game, the Spaniard was asked about whether he would carry on selecting Mahrez for penalties. He said: "We will see what happens. Of course it's a problem – we have missed 24 or 25 penalties, most of them in the Champions League and it's too much.

"I admire the courage to take penalties but this is a problem and we have to improve. These are the little margins in this competition. Last season he scored a lot in important moments, here when we got to the semi-final. I admire the courage but of course, we have to improve."


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