Wednesday, January 26, 2022

In Mainz defeat penalty dispute at VfL Bochum – coach reacts

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In the 31st minute of the game, VfL Bochum were awarded a penalty in Mainz. Then it got strange: Two players want to take the penalty kick. The end of the scene was dramatic.

If two fight – one misses. Milos Pantovic and Sebastian Polter did not agree on who gets to take a penalty in the first half of VfL Bochum’s 1-0 defeat in Mainz on Saturday. Both football professionals freely admitted this after the Bundesliga game.

VfL coach Thomas Reis took it with composure – and humor. “I’m glad we have a lot of responsible footballers. Maybe we need more penalties on Tuesday,” he said, looking ahead to the DFB Cup round of 16 when the two opponents meet again this time in Bochum.

Polter had been brought down by Stefan Bell and shot from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute. Keeper Robin Zentner held the ball. It was Polter’s first missed penalty in the 1st division in the fourth attempt. “I wanted to kick the ball in,” said Polter. “I want to score goals. A penalty kick is the quickest shot at goal.”

Pantovic had previously explained in front of the Sky camera that he had been assigned as a shooter and later said: “It wasn’t clearly defined, I would have liked to have shot.” Polter explained it like this: “He gave in after a short back and forth.”

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