Leipzig (dpa) – Slowly but surely one can only feel sorry for Nicolas Höfler.
When Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer converted his penalty kick in the 69th minute to make it 2-0, the SC Freiburg midfielder had to accept the seventh goal he got this season after a mistake he made. It was certainly not thanks to Höfler that Freiburg lost 3-0 in Leipzig. And de Breisgauer disagreed with the penalty whistle.
“Whistling that’s crazy for me. There’s a slight bump, but it’s never enough for a penalty,” said SC professional Christian Günter. However, it was problematic that Höfler not only slightly punched his opponent Christopher Nkunku, but also hit his right heel. Referee Felix Zwayer therefore stayed with his decision after a long conversation with the video assistant.
Höfler already had shares in three of the four goals against Leverkusen. In addition, goals against Wolfsburg and Bremen, as well as in Dortmund, were the result of mistakes or clumsy behavior by Höfler. Höfler of all people! The 30-year-old has been an undisputed regular at SC for years and even impresses as a reliable ball conqueror.
But somehow the midfielder is an example of Freiburg’s misery. Six no-win games are now in the statistics. “The trend is not good. Last year we had luck on our side, at the moment that is not the case,” said coach Christian Streich. “We have to make sure we can clear our heads against Mainz.”