Un­lucky penalty adds to Coen­trao’s dis­ap­point­ing year

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The dis­ap­point­ments have been pil­ing up for Real Madrid de­fender Fabio Coen­trao this year, and the lat­est nearly cost his team a win in the Cham­pi­ons League.

With Madrid lead­ing 10-man Sport­ing Lis­bon 1-0 on Tues­day in Por­tu­gal, Coen­trao was called for a hand-ball — one of the most un­usual penalty calls ever.

He was de­fend­ing Joel Camp­bell when the ball ap­peared to bounce off the hand of the Sport­ing for­ward, prompt­ing Coen­trao to im­me­di­ately raise both of his arms to de­mand a foul. But the mo­ment his arms went up, Camp­bell at­tempted a back heel pass and the ball glanced off Coen­trao's right arm just in­side the penalty area.

The ref­eree blew the whis­tle and pointed to the penalty spot, with Coen­trao look­ing on in awe.

Adrien Silva con­verted the 80th-minute penalty to even the match at 1-1, and Madrid needed an 87th-minute goal by Karim Ben­zema to sal­vage a vic­tory that left the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons with a chance to still fin­ish first in Group F when it hosts leader Borus­sia Dort­mund in De­cem­ber.

Coen­trao had en­tered the match just nine min­utes be­fore the penalty, re­plac­ing the in­jured Marcelo.

Ear­lier this year, an in­jury that kept Coen­trao from play­ing for Por­tu­gal at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship. Then there were poor per­for­mances that left him on the bench at Real Madrid. And now the em­bar­rass­ing penalty.

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