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Coentrao vows to improve after "major cock-up" gifts penalty

Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao was under no illusions as to his current form as he reflected on the handball that brought Sporting's equaliser.

Coentrao vows to improve after "major cock-up" gifts penalty
FELIPE SEVILLANO DIARIO AS

Fabio Coentrao admitted he made a "major cock-up" as his handball gifted Sporting Lisbon their equaliser in Real Madrid's 2-1 Champions League victory.

Farcical handball sees Sporting win penalty

The full-back, a second-half substitute in Tuesday's Group F clash at the Estadio José Alvalade, conceded a 79th-minute penalty when the ball hit his raised arm as he himself appealed for handball by Sporting's Joel Campbell.

Adrien Silva converted the spot-kick to cancel out Raphael Varane's opener for the visitors, who then snatched a late winner through Karim Benzema.

Coentrao (number 15) hangs his head in dejection after Sporting's equaliser.

"It was a really bad mistake"

And Coentrao confessed: "It was a really bad mistake. It was a major cock-up.

"I was calling for handball because it was a handball, but I shouldn't be appealing for handball in that phase of the play; I have to be more focused and I wasn't."

Asked about his first-team opportunities with Marcelo firmly established as Real's first-choice left-back, the 28-year-old said: "It's going to be tough to get a game.

"I'm playing poorly and I have to improve"

"I have the best left-back in the world ahead of me," he explained. "Marcelo is a fantastic player. I have to make the most of the minutes the coach [Zinedine Zidane] gives me, but I'm playing poorly and I have to improve.

"I can only turn things around by working hard," the Portugal international concluded. "I feel really supported by my team-mates."