We’re Still Trying To Wrap Our Heads Around This Goal-Line Clearance
The goal was gaping for Kerem Demirbay. Kai Havertz had just struck the crossbar, but the ball bounced kindly to Demirbay wide open in the six-yard box. It was impossible to miss.
Well, almost impossible.
Center back Nico Elvedi never gave up on the play and against all odds recovered in time to get a foot to Demirbay’s shot, clearing the ball off the line in spectacular fashion.
Nico Elvedi Goal-Line Clearance
Often times a great goal-line clearance is the result of a striker being a bit too lackadaisical with his finish. This was not one of those times. Could Demirbay struck the ball first time? Maybe. But it’s not like he took his time; the Bayer Leverkusen No. 10 struck the ball quickly on the volley.
Credit must be given instead to Elvedi, who not only had the awareness to stay with the play but the dexterity to stick his boot out at just the right angle.
Unfortunately for Elvedi, it came in a losing effort.
Havertz scored twice and Sven Bender added a third late as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 on Saturday.
Marcus Thuram, son of legendary France defender Lillian Thuram, scored the home side’s lone goal, presumably sending the cardboard cut-out fans filling up the stadium into a tizzy.
13,000 cardboard cut-out fans will be in attendance for Gladbach's first home game today pic.twitter.com/HFBwPWKRfG— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 23, 2020
Better than sex dolls in the stands, I suppose.
The win allowed Leverkusen to leapfrog ’Gladbach into third place, though RB Leipzig could jump past both clubs with a win on Sunday. All three sides will have a chance to make up ground on the top two teams in the standings in the week to come as Bayern Munich travels to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, meaning one or both of those teams will drop points.