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Ter Stegen: I was unsighted for De Bruyne free-kick

Barcelona keeper Marc-André ter Stegen has sought to explain why he didn't manage to stop the Manchester City man's effort on Tuesday.

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Ter Stegen: I was unsighted for De Bruyne free-kick
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Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen has said he was unable to keep out Manchester City's second goal on Tuesday because he was unsighted.

Ter Stegen has received criticism for letting in Kevin De Bruyne's second-half free-kick in Barça's 3-1 Champions League defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

"It was difficult to see the ball"

De Bruyne celebrates his free-kick, which put City 2-1 up on Barça.

And speaking to Catalan radio, the German explained that the crowd of players in front of him impaired his view of the Belgian's 51st-minute strike.

"It was difficult to see the ball because there were a lot of people," he told RAC1.

"I wanted to know exactly where the ball was, but De Bruyne is a free-kick taker who's able to shoot from any angle and does it very well."

Vigo clanger still fresh in the memory

It is not the first time Ter Stegen has come under the microscope after conceding this term, with the keeper most notably committing a major gaffe at Celta Vigo.

In October's 4-3 LaLiga reverse in Galicia, the 24-year-old gifted Celta their fourth goal when his attempted pass-out rebounded off Pablo Hernández and in.