Algerian international Riyad Mahrez could have turned into a hero in the eyes of his Manchester City team and his fans on Sunday evening, May 15, if he had scored a penalty kick that his team got at the deadly time of the match in which he tied against his host West Ham United 2-2 within The 36th round of the English Premier League football.

Manchester City received a penalty kick, after Craig Dawson’s error against Gabriel Jesus, and the Algerian star confidently advanced to score in the hope of scoring and unleashing the joy of the “Citizens” fans by crowning the eighth title in the club’s history, but luck and goalkeeper Ukash Fabianski’s acumen stood in front of Mahrez’s shot In the 86th minute, the title was postponed to the last round of the Premier League.

By missing a penalty kick against West Ham, the Algerian international added a new line to his story with wasting penalty kicks in the English Premier League. There are numbers and statistics indicating that Mahrez is the player who has missed the most penalty kicks in the Premier League since the 2015-2016 season, with a total of (6 penalty kicks), according to What was reported by Sky Sports.

Riyad Mahrez misses a penalty against West Ham

The Algerian international also missed his eighth penalty kick in his football career and his first in the Premier League since October of the 2018-2019 season, and it was against Liverpool in the eighth stage, and it is a coincidence that the time of the missed penalty kick was in the 86th minute of the match.

City will have to win on Sunday, May 22 against Aston Villa in the 38th and final round, in order to win the eighth title in its history, regardless of the results of its direct pursuit, Liverpool, who will play two matches, the first against its host Southampton on Tuesday, May 17, and the second against Wolverhampton on Sunday. kisses

Pep Guardiola talks about the fateful Aston Villa match

Pep Guardiola said in a press statement after the match between Manchester City and West Ham: “It usually happens when City plays, don’t worry about it, in the second half we played well but it was difficult to attack them, more than happy to come back with the result on this field.”

Guardiola did not talk about Riyad Mahrez wasting the important penalty, but he addressed all the players by saying: “They have the desire to win and achieve the Premier League title. We proved it against Wolverhampton, and we proved it again against West Ham United,” adding: “Since the first day of the season we knew that we We will fight until the last day, it is in our hands, in our stadium and in front of our fans.”

Guardiola called on the City fans to flock to the Etihad Stadium in large numbers during the fateful Aston Villa match in the last stage, and said: “I urge all City fans in Manchester to go to the stadium, because we will give everything in that match to win the Premier League, I am sure of that.”

And the former Barcelona coach concluded by sending a message to the Wolverhampton team, Liverpool’s competitor, in the 38th and final round of the Premier League, where he joked, in response to a surprising journalist’s question at the end of the interview: “They beat Liverpool 4-0.”

The Spanish coach Pep Guardiola’s battalion needs to win the last match in the 38th and final stage against his guest Aston Villa to crown the title, regardless of Liverpool’s results, but he may benefit if his rival, “The Reds”, stumbles against Southampton on Tuesday, 17 March, or even against Wolverhampton in the round. The last one is on May 22nd.

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