Javier Mascherano taking credit for Sergio Aguero penalty miss

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Marc-Andre ter Stergen was the penalty saving hero when Barcelona beat Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash, but he's had the glory snatched away from him by team-mate Javier Mascherano.

The Argentine could be seen pointing to Ter Stergen's right as Sergio Aguero stepped up to take a late penalty and the goalkeeper took the instructions on board, diving full stretch to keep out Aguero's effort.

With the game enterring it's final moments and Barca having a comfortable 3-1 aggregate lead the miss all but sealed City's European exit, and Mascherano revealed his experiences of playing alongside Aguero for Argentina helped him advise his keeper.

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The pair have been long term teammates for Argentina, and Mascherano explained how having seen the striker take a crucial penalty against Holland lead him to guess which way he'd go this time around.

The former Liverpool man has been quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: "It was intuition, because in an extreme situation, against Holland, he put his shot that way.

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“And I believed that in another pressure situation, like this one, he could do the same."

Mascherano and Aguero are currently in the USA for friendlies against El Salvador and Ecuador, and Mascherano admitted he has since spoken to the 26-year-old about the pressure kick.

"It was not an easy penalty to take, and we talked with Kun about it," he said.


Aguero is a regular penalty taker for City and it came as no surprise that he was handed the responsibility in the Nou Camp.

However, what may come as more of a surprise is that Mascherano claims Aguero wouldn't even know himself which direction he was going having described the striker as: "a guy who never knows which way he will shoot."

Aguero short of goals

While seeing his team being dumped out of the Champions League will no doubt hit Aguero hardest, the miss has also extended a mini goal drought by his usual prolific standards.

The frontman has scored an impressive 23 goals in a season disrupted by injury during the festive period, however he's found goals hard to come by of late.

Having last found the net when City hosted Barca in the first leg of the tie, he's now gone five games without a goal and will be desperate to end that when he faces Crystal Palace after the international break.

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