Fernando was slammed on social media for his role in Paris Saint-Germain’s equaliser against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night.
The Brazilian midfielder received the ball from Joe Hart and inexplicably turned into Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who intercepted the pass and allowed the ball to bounce off his foot and into the back of the net.
While most football fans and pundits have pinned the blame on Fernando, Roy Keane saw things differently.
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The retired midfielder, who works as a pundit for ITV Sport and is also the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager, believes Hart should have done better for both goals.
Unsurprisingly, Keane was outraged by the manner in which PSG scored their first goal of the night at the Parc des Princes and revealed that such a mistake wouldn’t have been tolerated in one of his training sessions.
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Keane blames Joe Hart for PSG's goals
“If that happened on a training game, you’d stop it and hammer the players,” Keane said. “Who do you blame here? I really question the City goalkeeper because he dictates what he does with the ball. I think you question the goalkeeper.
“Same with this one,” the 44-year-old commented, on PSG’s second goal.
“You think Joe Hart should do more,” Mark Pougatch, the presenter, asked the former Manchester United skipper.
“Absolutely,” he replied.
Keane hits out at both defences
Keane also hit out at the defences of both PSG and Manchester City, suggesting they should have cost a combined £1 million to assemble, rather than £150 million.
“They cost £149m too much,” the United hero continued, per the Irish Independent.
“You are meant to be talking about top level defenders here. You want them to get into position and smell danger, but they looked surprised when the ball came towards them. The concentration levels were not good enough.”
Keane tips PSG to qualify
And Keane doubts that Manchester City will have enough quality to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals, despite scoring two away goals in Paris.
“This was a huge result for Man City,” he added. “The fact they have got two away goals will serve them well, but the standard of play was poor and the defending was shocking. That won’t bother Man City too much as they now have a great opportunity.
“Their manager spoke well after the game when he said they still have a lot of work to do. Man City are pleased with themselves after this result, but there are still twists and turns in this tie.
“City need to be careful here. If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I still fancy PSG to go through.”
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