Manchester City won the Barclays Asia Trophy on Saturday with a stunning volley from Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko at the nine minute mark, but the 6 ft 4 hitman may remember the day for other reasons.
The Premier League runners-up were in Hong Kong for the competition, playing against Tottenham, Sunderland and South China in the Premier League sponsor's east asian footballing contest. In the semis, the Black Cats dispatched Spurs in a decisive first game. After falling behind, Paolo di Canio's men rallied and beat a Gareth Bale-less Tottenham side, leaving Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po with a confident 3-1 result, City knocking out South China with a single headed goal later the same day.
Consequently, the Manchester outfit found themselves up against their Premier League rivals in the final. The Black Cat's new signing El-Hadji Ba triggered a penalty 66 minutes in after some skillful basketball-style defending of a Fernandinho, inside-the-box flick.
Dzeko stepped up to put the Sky Blues into the lead, but instead jammed his boot under the ball and, clearly aiming for the top right hand corner, lifted the ball up, over the bar and into the stand, missing the target by a good five yards.
Thankfully, the 27-year-old netted a stunning volley from outside of the box at the nine minute mark, so the comical miss wasn't decisive; the match ended 1-0 despite some dogged play from the Black Cats.
Watch the embarassing clip of the penalty above. Which other what-were-they-thinking spot kicks deserve a not-so-coveted place in the footballing hall of shame?
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