Gabriel Jesus: Manchester City star matches Diouf’s awful penalty record

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The Brazil international missed from 12 yards in the Citizens’ away triumph over the Blades to match the Senegal legend’s unimpressive penalty feat

Gabriel Jesus’ poor penalty run continued in Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United in Tuesday’s Premier League clash.

With the score still goalless after 36 minutes at Bramall Lane, the Brazilian fluffed a golden chance to put Pep Guardiola’s men ahead after missing from 12 yards.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson guessed the right way to save the striker’s kick after Chris Bashman’s clumsy tackle on Riyad Mahrez.

Following that miss, Jesus has now missed three of his five English top-flight penalties – matching El Hadji Diouf and Stewart Downing’s terrible success rate from the penalty mark.

His replacement, Sergio Aguero, saved his blushes after tapping in from close range to help Manchester City silence the resilient Blades.

Thanks to this win, the Citizens remain in second position – 13 points behind Liverpool, who have two games in hand.

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Guardiola’s team will now shift attention to their FA Cup and League Cup title defences against Fulham and bitter-rivals, Manchester United, respectively.

After that, they are guests of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in their next outing in the English elite division on February 2.