Sunday 22nd November 2020
A slapstick own goal by goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky almost costs Bayer Leverkusen the next victory at the Bielefelder Alm. Aleksandar Dragovic ironed out the goalkeeper’s mistake late. Incidentally, the Finn’s curious dropout was not the first of its kind.
Lukas Hradecky ran towards the middle line and hugged Aleksandar Dragovic full of gratitude. Then the goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen played the winning goal scorer once again how this incredible own goal could happen to him, which is guaranteed to make it in every year in review. “People are allowed to laugh a little. There are some Youtube clips and some memes,” said Hradecky on Sky: “The team and Dragovic helped me. I will like my beer today.”
The Finn was unintentionally the man of the day at the Bielefelder Alm, although his spectacular faux pas in the 47th minute was ultimately irrelevant: Bayer won 2: 1 (1: 0) against the increasingly falling promoted Arminia Bielefeld and moved on Already fifth victory in a row down to one point at Bayern. Leon Bailey (27th) and Dragovic (88th) scored the goals for the Rhinelander, who gave their coach Peter Bosz the next three points on his 57th birthday.
After this game, however, there was no talk about the good run of Leverkusen, nor about the terrifying harmlessness of the hosts. After the game there was almost only talk about Hradeckey’s dropouts. With a controlled back pass from Sinkgraven, he did not hit the ball correctly and thus carried the game device into his own goal. Meanwhile, it was not the first strange dropout of the keeper in the Bayer Leverkusen jersey. In the cup final last season, for example, he punched a rather harmless long-range shot from Bayern Munich’s goal scorer Robert Lewandowski in an extremely bizarre way through the legs into your own goal. “Sometimes you look like a fool,” he said on July 4th in Berlin.
And the Finn had a wild dropout in preparation for the past season. During the friendly against Watford FC. In a counterattack by the English, Hradeckey came out of the gate, intercepted the ball and wanted to spit it to the teammate, but instead the game device landed in the feet of an opponent who easily pushed in. But despite these fatal dropouts, the 30-year-old, who had previously played for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, is a top keeper and is absolutely undisputed at Bayer.