Sergio Aguero’s Panenka extended Premier League title race – Chris Sutton and Peter Crouch are in charge

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After Sergio Aguero’s unsuccessful Panenka kept the Premier League title race going, PETER CROUCH recalls his infamous miss against Jamaica … while CHRIS SUTTON insists he only tried one when he was already 4-0!

  • Sergio Agüero missed the opportunity to secure the Premier League title for his side
  • The Manchester City forward screwed up his attempt at Panenka against Chelsea
  • Chris Sutton and Peter Crouch give their opinion on Agüero’s failed penalty
  • The couple both tried a Panenka themselves – with very different results

Sergio Aguero had a game to forget on Sunday when he missed a penalty when attempting a Panenka and watched from the bench as Chelsea took all three points late.

The script appeared to have been written for Aguero to take it 2-0 from the spot and send Manchester City on the road to secure the Premier League title, but the mood quickly turned sour.

Sportsmails Chris Sutton and Peter Crouch give their verdict on the failed penalty and their experiences getting smart from the spot.

Sergio Aguero’s attempt at Panenka shamefully failed in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

Striker was given the opportunity to send Man City on the road to securing the Premier League title

Striker was given the opportunity to send Man City on the road to securing the Premier League title

CHRIS SUTTON: I tried one – but only when we were 4-0!

I once tried a Panenka penalty for Celtic and scored – but I waited until we were at least 4-0 ahead. If I hadn’t, my manager Martin O’Neill would have ripped my head off.

We all have show pony (especially attackers), but you have to pick the right time to try to be smart. I would never have dared to do it at 1-0, especially if there was a title confirmation at stake. That’s when laces are required.

Sergio Aguero knows he has made a mistake. He has apologized on social media. There has been a debate as to whether that was necessary given how much he has done for the club, but he has accepted his error of judgment.

I would never have dared to try a Panenka at 1-0, especially since they had a title at stake

I would never have dared to try a Panenka at 1-0, especially since they had a title at stake

You wonder how forgiving Pep Guardiola will be. He would have liked the title wrapped up on Saturday and clinched a win over their upcoming Champions League final opponents for psychological reasons.

We have to hope that Agüero gets another chance from his boss to cash in on this season. His City career should end high, not a Panenka penalty gone wrong.

PETER CROUCH: I put my panenka in the stand – felt awful!

The first thing I would say, in defense of Sergio Aguero, is that he scores that penalty eight times out of ten. He didn’t miss on purpose and, believe me, the criticism he’s received won’t hurt as much as the embarrassment he feels.

I wanted the ground to swallow me up when I vacuumed my lines against Jamaica at Old Trafford in June 2006. I flew in that race. I had scored two, I had released ‘The Robot’ to celebrate and loved life. I was looking forward to finishing my hat-trick with the Panenka. Instead, I put it in the Stretford End.

Against Jamaica in 2006, I flew with two goals to my name and a penalty for the hat-trick

Against Jamaica in 2006, I flew with two goals to my name and a penalty for the hat-trick

My attempt at Panenka ended up in the stands and all my teammates could talk about it, that was

My attempt at Panenka ended up in the stands and all my teammates could talk about it, that was

Although I was going to score my third goal, all someone said later in the locker room was about my penalty kick.

I got hammered by the guys. I was also pulled aside by Steve McClaren. “Relax,” he said to me. “You represent England.”

When you look back, you know what? I would have regretted it for the rest of my life if I hadn’t completed my hat trick.

How many chances do you get to score three for England? If I had thrown mine away because of a failed Panenka, I would never have lived it.

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