Chelsea fans forgive Courtois following damaging penalty miss

All eyes were on Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after his defining moment in Sunday’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.

The match ended 1-1 in normal time, with Sead Kolasinac cancelling out Victor Moses’s opener shortly after Pedro was sent off for a reckless tackle on Mohamed Elneny.

A penalty shootout adopting the new ABBA method was required to decide the winner.

When Arsenal were at a 2-1 advantage, rather than select a Chelsea outfield player, Courtois was called upon to draw level.

The bizarre choice did not pay off, as the Belgian skyrocketed the ball over Petr Cech’s bar.

Matters were made worse for Chelsea when summer signing Alvaro Morata dragged his spot-kick wide, and it was left to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud to get the job done for Arsenal.

The disappointment was etched onto Courtois’s face after the match, and he later took to social media to explain his misery to the fans.

Very disappointed with the Loss today. I took the responsibility to shoot but unfortunately I missed. We will learn from our mistakes and take the good things of today with us! See you all at Stamford Bridge next week!💙

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Fortunately for him, the supporters were in a forgiving mood.