Chelsea forward Kai Havertz has seemingly developed a love affair with the post.
As is the case when he is in his day job, Havertz was given penalty duties in Germany’s 2-0 friendly victory over Peru. While both Graham Potter and Hansi Flick trust him with the most nerve-wracking kick of a football in the beautiful game, Havertz’s record from the penalty spot is not the greatest.
He looked cool, confident, and ready to wheel off in celebration when he picked up the ball against the South Americans. As he did against Borussia Dortmund, his stuttered penalty struck the bottom of the post . However, what happened next left many in the football world baffled.
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As the ball struck the woodwork, it bounced straight back to a very grateful Havertz. With the keeper on the floor, he stroked it home on the rebound. But without hesitation, the referee blew the whistle and signalled for a freekick to Peru.
This is because the rules read, “the kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player”. Because the ball had hit the post before it touched another player, Havertz was not allowed to touch the ball again.
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Had his penalty been tipped onto the post by the goalkeeper, Havertz would have been free to convert the rebound, as it had touched another player on the pitch. In short, the former Bayer Leverkusen star was deemed to have kicked the ball twice when a penalty kick only allows one kick of the ball.
“I’ve been watching football for over 40 years and this is the first time I’ve seen this happen,” claimed one fan. “We learn every day” said another.
“After one other fan in the comments section explained the rule, a very grateful fan said, “oh thanks for this. I learnt something new”. Fortunately for Havertz and Germany, they were already comfortably leading Peru courtesy of a brace from Niclas Fullkrug.
As the hosts of Euro 2024, the 2014 World Cup winners do not need to go through the qualifying stages to book their place.
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