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Gabriel Rios concedes horror penalty after embarrassing handball

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Gabriel Rios escaped punishment for an embarrassing defensive error in Tuesday's Copa Sudamericana clash against Nacional Asuncion, after his air-shot and handball gifted The Strongest's opponents a 77th minute penalty.

With the score tentatively poised at 0-0 in the closing stages of the first leg at Estadio Arsenio Erico, the Bolivian's clumsy clearance from a corner backfired in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Under relatively little pressure on the corner of The Strongest's area, Rios took his eyes off the ball, completely missing his attempted half-volley and with his rotating body proceeded to handball, leaving the referee with no choice but to award a spot-kick.

Thankfully for Rios and The Strongest, Marcos Riveros spurned the opportunity to give Nacional Asuncion a precious lead, missing his penalty from 12 yards, after being denied by goalkeeper Daniel Vaca.

The result means both sides still hold hopes of progressing to the second round of the prestigious South American tournament, with the return leg set to start with the tie still goalless.

Watch footage of Gabriel Rios's embarrassing air-shot and handball in the video below - with thanks to 101greatgoals.com - and feel free to share your favourite penalty howlers in the comment box provided.

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