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Video: Heading in Wrong Direction

From a Bundesliga match over the weekend, two attempted headed clearances by Hertha Berlin's teenage goalkeeper, Sascha Burchert, result in two almost identical goals for Hamburg in an 88-second span. Burchert had entered for the injured starter just a few minutes earlier. The first score conceded by Hertha -- which has lost seven straight in the league -- was an own goal.

By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2009; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  Bundesliga , Germany  
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Bad luck...

Posted by: beergorila | October 7, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

When the keeper has come out like that it is the defender's responsibility to get back and guard the goal, so I wouldn't put this all on Burchert.

Posted by: whoshotsam | October 7, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The first one was sheer stupidity. There was no reason to head it. Instead of launching himself at the ball (from inside the box!!!!), he could have handled it a fraction of a second later.

I guess the second one proved the alternate definition of insanity -- the one about doing the same thing over again and expecting different results. He might also have played that one differently, since he had a defender trailing the play. He could have stood the guy up and forced him toward the inside where the defender was going to be, but he reacted first.

Actually, it was not a bad play, but one goalies should be loathe to make because the way he heads it takes him out of the play. It will take him too long to get back into position. So, while it looks good, he probably needs to head that differently -- just touch it away from the striker, but not hit it so far that it goes to other players.

Posted by: fischy | October 7, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I bet he'll never leave his line the rest of the season...if he sees the field at all!

Posted by: soccerman | October 7, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Weird match!

Posted by: greifie | October 7, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

He actually didn't do that badly on either goal - his defenders put him in a bad position, and he got pretty good distance on the headers. He was mostly just unlucky. Probably could have caught the first one, though.

Posted by: jsm91 | October 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

HE should have cleared both balls out to the sidelines (either by foot or head). Clearing the ball directly upfield just puts it back into play.

Posted by: tundey | October 7, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Both times he headed the ball too far. He needed to find a defender to head the ball to or take a light touch and step around the oncoming forward. In the modern game, the goalie has to be comfortable in possession of the ball. (I don't mean with it in his hands!)

Posted by: glfrazier | October 7, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

fyi: soccer film festival all next week, culminating with the DCU=Columbus game. sorry if someone posted this earlier.

Posted by: troy6 | October 7, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

This makes me nervous. Why? Well, most of the things that could go wrong for United have over the past 2 seasons, but a game with us conceding an own goal and 2 goals from 50 yards hasn't happened...yet.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 7, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff,

Have you seen the clip of Wicks on yesterday's Pardon The Interruption? It was from the big finish section were they briefly talked about his Open Cup suspension. That's got to be bad media coverage for the team.

Posted by: decoi | October 7, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Maybe we could try and work out a trade where we get this kid as keeper and we send them our center back...

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | October 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen such a mountain made of a mole hill. Wicks stepped on a diving, crybaby, rapist. He's been suspended. Everyone knew it was coming. Can we move on already?

Posted by: DadRyan | October 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Germany comes back after going a man down, then a goal down, to win 3-2...

Posted by: Reignking | October 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The attacking run leading to the first keeper header was just sick. The Hamburger runs in front of the central defender to prevent him stepping forward and pulling the offside trap. If the keeper doesn't get to that ball, it's a sure goal. Can't really see the setup of the second one, but it seems to me that if you're going to keep a high defensive line, you need a really good offside trap to keep getting killed with long balls. That, too, was surely in the net if the keeper doesn't come out strong. The keeper did what he could. Beergorila is right, bad luck. Epic bad luck.

Posted by: dccal | October 7, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@troy -- thanks for the reminder about the film fest. I'm putting Sons of Sakhnin United on my calendar, even if John Harkes will be reading poetry before the game"

"I took the road less traveled, and that made all the difference." "Absolutely, JP!"

Posted by: fischy | October 7, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

This is totally off topic, but y'all have got to check this's the funniest s**t I've ever seen.

I received via mail today my ESPN The Magazine "The Body Issue". It is dated Oct. 19, 2008.

On page 115 there is a picture of Chris Pontius, Namoff, Clyde, Jaime, Tino and Benny on the pitch at RFK in a "wall" formation jumping into the air with a ball flying toward them. They are standing in the standard "cover your privates" stance, but the funny part is that they are all wearing ONLY socks and cleats. That is it....nothing else. Funniest thing I have ever seen. This issue is apparently dedicated to the athlete's body, and there are a bunch of different sports represented (check out Natasha Kai). It's a trip....kinda surprised to see our Guys in there. Gooch is in there also, sans clothes.

I have a feeling this is gonna be hung up in a couple of locker rooms.

Posted by: Smitty68 | October 7, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that's Oct. 19, 2009.

Posted by: Smitty68 | October 7, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 7, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, J from A.

And Steinberg included a picture.....I never read his stuff anyway. While the pic in his column is funny, there is nothing like flipping through the magazine and coming across the full page picture. ESPN is oversized too, so that doesn't help the guy's cause at all. Ben doesn't look so "less hairy" in the full size version. He's a sasquatch (not that I was paying any attention).

Out, Smitty.

Posted by: Smitty68 | October 8, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

A few of the best fans in the world have stayed around to make sure their opinions are out there.

Posted by: sitruc | October 8, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

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