TV footage reveals Karim Benzema was targeted with a laser shining at his head before keeping his cool to score his staggering Panenka penalty for Real Madrid against Manchester City
- Karim Benzema was targeted before the penalty to make it 4-3 in semi-final epic
- But the Real Madrid striker kept his cool before stylishly finishing from 12 yards
- Benzema is the latest striker to be targeted by lasers from the penalty spot
- Liverpool’s Mo Salah was targeted by fans while playing for Egypt in March
Karim Benzema was targeted with a laser pen by fans moments before keeping his cool to slot home a stylish Panenka penalty in Real Madrid’s defeat at Manchester City.
The pulsating Champions League semi-final encounter saw City take away a 4-3 advantage at the Etihad Stadium, but Benzema’s spot-kick eight minutes from the end to complete the scoring in a seven-goal thriller could prove critical in the tie.
The striker was already under pressure to put the Spanish side back into contention following Aymeric Laporte’s handball to help give Carlo Ancelotti’s side renewed hope heading into the second leg, but he also had to deal with outside influences.
Karim Benzema was targeted with a laser pen before taking a penalty for Real Madrid
Primary those included attempts by supporters to put him off after a laser pen targeted his face just seconds after he started to walk back to take the spot-kick.
The veteran striker though showed no reaction to the laser, as well as Ederson’s attempts to put him off by waving his hands on the goal line, as the striker audaciously chipped the ball down the centre before going off to celebrate.
It’s not the first time a player has been targeted by laser pens while taking a spot-kick recently.
But the veteran striker ignored the attempts to put him off after scoring with a Panenka
The striker celebrates his strike that leaves Real Madrid narrowly trailing 4-3 in the Champions League tie against Manchester City heading into the second leg at the Bernabeu Stadium
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was targeted by numerous lasers before blazing over a penalty in the shootout in Egypt’s crucial World Cup qualifier defeat by Senegal last month.
Benzema’s spot-kick was a reflection of his excellent contribution to Madrid’s attack having also helped them pull a goal back at 2-1 half-an-hour into the tie with a precise volley past Ederson during the first half.
Vinicius Junior was also on target for the visitors, with Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva all finding the net for the Premier League leaders.
Madrid will now be hoping that Benzema can maintain his form heading into the second leg that takes place on May 4.
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