Carlo Ancelotti makes admission over ‘surprise’ Karim Benzema Panenka penalty
The Metro says Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted he was surprised by Karim Benzema’s outrageous Panenka penalty against Manchester City, but never once thought about taking his star striker off spot kick duty, despite his questionable recent record.
The veteran striker enhanced his Ballon d’Or credentials with another exhibition of deadly finishing against the Premier League champions, with two goals that kept a blockbuster semi-final in the balance ahead of next week’s second leg.
City dominated large spells of last night’s epic contest but will take only a one-goal lead to the Bernabeu, owing chiefly to Benzema’s ruthlessness in front of goal.
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