Bielefeld (AP) – In the end, Lukas Hradecky was able to smile again, but his burlesque act will cost the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper dearly.
“Now I have to negotiate with Draco,” the Finn said with a smile and knowing that he would have to pay for either tour. Her stupid self-defeating goal in the match at Arminia Bielefeld, who wore 1-1 in the 47th minute, almost cost the guests the victory after Leon Bailey (27th) opened the goal. Substitute Aleksandar Dragovic scored shortly before the end for the well-deserved 2-1 victory for the Bayer side.
Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz saw the scene of the day come out of the locker room shortly after the break on the way home. “I watched exactly what happened there,” said the coach, who feared the Bielefeld side, who previously had no chance to score, would get a tailwind.
Hradecky tried to play a back pass from Daley Sinkgraven directly with his foot, but didn’t kick properly and the ball spun into the goal. “I don’t know what happened to my feet or if the goalkeeper had prepared anything special,” said the goalkeeper, who thanked the winning goalscorer directly.
“Today I’m the idiot, but in the end we’re still unbeaten,” said the 30-year-old. By the way, Hradecky isn’t the only goaltender to have scored such an unhappy goal this year. Colleagues Florian Kastenmeier (Fortuna Düsseldorf) and Alexander Nübel (then FC Schalke 04) provided such a goal against his stick in front of the Bayer goalkeeper.
For birthday boy Bosz, who turned 57 on Saturday, Dragovic’s winning goal was the best gift on that special day. “The best. Absolutely,” said the Dutchman, who was above all happy that his second row players had integrated well. Dragovic as a goalscorer and Mitchell Weiser, who came to his first appearance of the season and was involved in the winning goal. “He hasn’t played for a long time and has done well,” Bosz praised. “I’m never talking about eleven regular players, we need all the players on the squad “Said the coach. National player Jonathan Tah also made his first start.
With the best winning streak in nearly five years, the unbeaten Leverkusen side have climbed to third place in the table. “It was important that we scored the winning goal with a bit of strength,” sporting director Simon Rolfes said of the Champions League qualification, which was lost last season.
Bielefelder, however, is in a relegation battle after his sixth straight loss. “The team lacks confidence. It is of course frustrating to score such a late goal, ”said coach Uwe Neuhaus, whose squad is currently not suited for the Bundesliga, especially on offense. “We have to find something as soon as possible,” said the Arminia coach.