REAL MADRID star Karim Benzema was targeted by a LASER PEN from a Manchester City fan at the Etihad prior to his stunning Panenka penalty.
The 34-year-old scored twice in Tuesday night’s 4-3 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat to keep Los Blancos in the tie.
Karim Benzema had a laser pen aimed at his face as he was readying himself to take a penalty
Benzema, who has banged in an incredible 41 goals in 41 games, is the European Cup’s top scorer this season.
He has found the back of the net in the Champions League 14 times – with nine of those strikes coming in the knockout stages.
After his four goals in the two quarter-final legs helped to knock out Chelsea, he made his impact known against an English side yet again when he faced the Citizens.
The Frenchman halved the the deficit to 2-1 just after the half hour mark with a clinical volley, before once again pulling a goal back to make it 4-3 in the 82nd minute.
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Not only did the ex-Lyon marksman coolly chip his spot-kick down the middle of the goal, but he also remained calm after being targeted by a laser.
In footage shared on social media, a green laser could be seen shining on the side of his face as he was preparing himself to take aim from 12 yards.
But he was unfazed by the supporter looking to put him off as he delicately dinked the ball into the back of the net.
Twitter users were quick to comment on the incident, as one posted: “Benzema gets a laser to the eye and then drops a Panenka. What a match.”
Another said: “Pointing laser at Karim Benzema. Bernabeu is waiting for you City.”
A third added: “Lasers were pointed at Benzema before taking the penalty against City.
“That didn’t prevent him from scoring a stunning Panenka. The best player in the world does not crack under pressure.”
This supporter then joked: “They tried Benzema with the laser pointers and he Panenkas.”
Meanwhile this user simply stated: “Benzema did that with a laser in his eye uno.”
By: Jake Lambourne
Title: New footage shows Karim Benzema was targeted with laser pen on face before Real Madrid star scored Panenka at Man City
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18386821/champions-league-karim-benzema-laser-pen-penalty/
Published Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2022 08:56:48 +0000