Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores against Manchester City after mistake by Fernando

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one of the most bizarre goals of his career against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, who missed a penalty earlier in the half, levelled the scores after Kevin de Bruyne had put Man City ahead three minutes earlier.

Joe Hart played the ball to Fernando on the edge of box and the midfielder’s attempted pass was intercepted by Zlatan, who simply allowed the ball to bounce off his foot and into the back of the net. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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This is surely the most bizarre goal of this season’s Champions League campaign.

You’d expect to see this type of goal scored by amateurs in Sunday League.

Video: Zlatan's equaliser

But should Hart have played a pass to another Manchester City player instead? Jamie Carragher certainly thought so...

“4 mins to ht & you give the ball to Fernando on the edge of the box?” the Sky Sports pundit tweeted. “Should do better but get to ht with the clean sheet!”

BT Sport pundits discuss who was at fault

The incident was also discussed by the pundits on Sky Sports - and they all agreed that Fernando had to take the blame.

Asked by Gary Lineker who should take the blame, Rio Ferdinand said: “Fernando. Definitely.

“You’re talking about top players - this is professional football. Why’s he turning into the player?

“Joe Hart’s given you the information, go the either way. He goes the opposite way to where the information’s telling him.”

Shay Given, veteran goalkeeper who also played for Man City, was in agreement with Ferdinand.

“You can’t blame the goalkeeper. Pep Guardiola’s coming in next season, he wants the goalkeeper to play it out every single time. For me, it’s Fernando’s really bad mistake.”

However, David Ginola saw it slightly differently.

“I can blame both. For a goalkeeper, you don’t play the ball in the centre like that.”

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