Nils Petersen found himself all alone in the box. The corner had been taken well, looping away from the net and dropped to the isolated striker.
He lashed at the spinning ball, and as luck would have it the keeper was wrong-footed, allowing the ball to loop beautifully into the top right corner, a stunning strike that ended practically unstoppable.
Oh, I forgot to mention, he hit the ball into his own net. The goalie he beat was his own.
In shades of Kolo Toure against Fulham earlier this season, the poor German striker bagged an effort he could only dream of on the other end as Werder Bremen dropped 3-0 to FSV Mainz 05 3-0 on Saturday, with Petersen’s own-goal the opener after just five minutes.
Despite the joking earlier, it wasn’t on purpose. The corner did find Petersen all alone in the box, but instead of clearing the danger, he attempted to settle the ball, resulting in a miss-hit that sent the looping effort somehow into the top corner.
To make matters worse, Petersen was removed at halftime, the third time this season he’s been withdrawn on 45 minutes or earlier. He’d taken no shots (on the opponent’s goal, that is), received the ball just seven times, was 2/8 dueling in the air, 0/2 tackling, and didn’t complete a single pass in the final third.
With just six goals in 25 appearances, it’s been a forgettable season for Bremen and Petersen as the club sits in 13th just six points from the drop.