Hitz And Miss

Rene Adler

Here’s a House of Howlers from the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen played out an entertaining 2-3 goalfest over the weekend, but neither Marwin Hitz or German international and Premier League target, Rene Adler came out of it with much credit.

Adler over-excitedly sliced his attempted clearance to set up the first goal and had no chance of keeping Diego at bay later as the move was finished off. He then watched the ball roll under his nose and across the 6 yard box as Steve McLaren’s Wolfsburg went 2-0 up. He collapsed rather than commanded his area, handing Grafite a finish simpler than the offspring of blood relations.

At the other end, Swiss youngster Hitz fared no better. His David James impression was spot on for the first goal, but that will be of little consolation to his manager. Ironically, the best bit of glovework on the day came from Makoto Hasebe as his intervention handed Bayer a straightforward penalty. It’s hard to criticise a keeper for not saving a spot-kick, but after guessing right, Hitz should have done better to save the strike that was at a nice height and about as accurate as a Naomi Campbell statement to a war crimes tribunal. A poor afternoon of net-minding was complete as hesitancy from Hitz allowed Leverkusen to score a late winner. This is probably the harshest of the bunch, but he looked very leaden-footed as he came out to block the attempt.

If you’re a fan of good goalkeeping then don’t watch, but if you like a laugh, here’s the evidence.

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