Arsenal At The World Cup #7: Jens Lehmann v Argentina 2006
Fresh from Paris and his sending off in the Champions League final, Jens Lehmann sought redemption at the World Cup finals. He found it, keeping his country in the competition with two saves in a penalty shootout that sent Germany into the semi-finals.
It was a tight and cautious match in the first half with real opportunities to break the deadlock few and far between. Ayala opened the scoring four minutes into the second half, losing his marker to head home. Germany pressed and eventually equalised through Klose with ten minutes remaining. It set up Lehmann’s moment of glory.
In the penalty shootout, Lehmann saved twice as Germany progressed. Neither penalty he saved was brilliantly taken but Lehmann guessed right on both occasions and got solid hands to the ball. Not that he didn’t have a little help:
In translation it reads:
1. Riquelme left high
2. Crespo long run/right, short run/left
3. Heinze left low
4. Ayala long wait, long run right
5. Messi left
6. Aimar long wait left
7. Rodriguez left
Cambiasso who was the last penalty taker, is missing from the list – he was simply out-thought by the Mad German.
Lehmann frequently displayed a hot-headedness that was sometimes costly for his club. This was forgiven with the command of his defence and the fear he could strike into an opponent. The only surprise in this video is that he is seen walking on air, milking the applause, turns to see the melee and carries on towards the dressing room, rather than turning and sprinting into the fight.
Posted on June 8, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Soccer, World Cup 2006, World Cup 2010 and tagged Arsenal, Football, Jens Lehmann, Soccer, World Cup 2006, World Cup 2010. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.