Sergio Aguero won't forget Manchester City's game against Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday night in a hurry.
The Argentinian striker started the first leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifying tie in horrific fashion, missing two penalties inside the opening half an hour. But, by the end of the night, Aguero had a hat trick to his name as City ran out convincing 5-0 winners.
The result effectively seals the Manchester club's progress into the group stages of this year's competition and, taking to Twitter after the game, the 28-year-old was able to laugh about his unorthodox night.
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Posting a message to his official account not long after the emphatic win, Aguero didn't attempt to hide the fact he had managed to miss not one, but two penalty kicks.
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The two misses from the spot were certainly moments to forget for the usually clinical striker - his second in particular was an embarrassing effort that flew over the crossbar.
And there is no doubt that, had Aguero not gone on to get his name on the scoresheet, he might not have brushed off him errors quite so cheerily on Tuesday night.
As things stand, however, the Argentinian now has four goals in just two competitive games under new boss Pep Guardiola. With two wins also in the books for the former Barcelona manager, there is real cause for optimism amongst City's players and fans.
Speaking after the 5-0 win over Steaua, Guardiola himself also had good news for Aguero on the penalty front.
"I’m confident if he’s confident," the City manager said of Aguero, via The Telegraph. "I can’t shoot the penalty, fortunately for Manchester City! It depends on the players. If he’s confident, for me it’s not a problem.
"It’s not important how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you stand up and try again. It depends on him and his teammates, it’s not a problem for me.
"The fact he missed the penalties is part of the game, but it was important that Sergio stayed focussed and didn’t get down. He focussed on his game and after he scored three goals."
It will be interesting to see who picks up the ball the next time City win a penalty. Whether it is Aguero or one of his teammates, remains to be seen.
What is clear, though, is that with Aguero finding form and the Citizens looking impressive in Europe, they will be a force to be reckoned with this season.