‘He is a MAD MAN!’: Eric Bailly leaves fans in DISBELIEF as his bizarre one-step, no-look penalty vs Egypt dumps Ivory Coast out of AFCON – with some joking he ‘turned into Jorginho, Bruno Fernandes and Roberto Firmino’ all at once
Eric Bailly’s bizarre penalty miss against Egypt dumped Ivory Coast out of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night – and fans couldn’t get their head around the Manchester United defender’s run-up.
The Elephants failed to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition after being held to a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes by Mohamed Salah and Co, who then got the better of them in the resulting penalty shootout.
Bailly produced the only miss from 12 yards on the night, with his tame effort tipped onto the crossbar by Egypt goalkeeper Mohammed El Shenawy.
Eric Bailly’s bizarre penalty miss vs Egypt dumped Ivory Coast out of the Africa Cup of Nations
The 27-year-old, who stepped up third for Ivory Coast in the shootout, ran up to take the spot-kick in strange fashion; taking only one step before appearing to look away when striking the ball to Shenawy’s right.
His effort was saved and Patrice Beaumelle’s men therefore crashed out of AFCON, leaving fans in disbelief that he tried the unorthodox run-up at such a crucial moment.
One took to Twitter and wrote: ‘A no-look penalty??? Bailly is an absolute sicko [sic].’
It was a devastating moment for the Manchester United defender in action for his country
Another commented: ”Lmao been watching Bruno (Fernandes) too much.’
Another quipped: ‘Who told him this was goals what on earth is that’.
A fourth wrote: ‘Bailly is a mad man. Did he just get his country knocked out by trying a no look penalty? Man I’m in tears’.
Fans quickly took to social media to express their disbelief at Bailly’s attempt from 12 yards
Another joked that he tried to emulate Jorginho, Bruno Fernandes and Roberto Firmino at once
While one laughed: ‘Man turned into Jorginho, Bruno and (Roberto) Firmino with one penalty kick and still missed’.
Bailly travelled to AFCON in the midst of a frustrating campaign at United, where he has only made four Premier League appearances this season.
After knocking the United star and Ivory Coast out, Egypt will now face Morocco in the quarter-finals on Sunday.