Footage has emerged showing Karim Benzema was targeted with a laser before scoring his remarkable Panenka penalty during Tuesday night’s thrilling Champions League clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid.
City ran out 4-3 winners after one of the most enthralling games of the 2021-22 season.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring after just two minutes before Gabriel Jesus doubled City’s advantage.
However, the in-form Benzema netted his 40th goal of the campaign with a wonderful first-time finish to make it 2-1 at the break.
Phil Foden restored the hosts’ two-goal advantage shortly after half-time with a rare headed goal, only for Madrid’s Vinicius Jr to score a sensational solo goal moments later.
Bernardo Silva made it 4-2 in the 74th minute with a strike that caught Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois by surprise, but Benzema’s stunning penalty sets up a mouth-watering semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu next week.
Karim Benzema targeted with laser before Panenka penalty
Benzema was the coolest person inside the Etihad Stadium as he stepped up to take his 82nd-minute spot-kick.
As the Frenchman prepared to take his penalty, video footage shows a green laser was shone towards his face.
Watch it here:
The sight of footballers having lasers shone at them has, unfortunately, become an increasingly common sight in top level football.
Just last month, for example, Mohamed Salah and his Egypt teammates were targeted with green lasers shone from the stands during a crucial 2022 World Cup qualifier against Senegal.
However, Benzema was unfazed and proceeded to score one of the coldest Panenka penalties of all time.
Fans shine lasers in Benzema's face, City players attempt to put him off. Karim sits the keeper on his arse and panenka's it down the middle🤯— footyjokesuk (@footyjokesuk) April 26, 2022
Ballon D'or incoming for the Frenchman 🇫🇷👑 pic.twitter.com/V2b1S2Jdxi
The 34-year-old has nerves of steel and silenced the Etihad with a spot-kick that will be discussed for many years to come.
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