Leverkusen (AP) – Eight years and four days after his first appearance for Bayer Leverkusen, goalkeeper Niklas Lomb is playing his second competitive game for the Bundesliga club.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper is in goal in the last group match of the Europa League against Slavia Prague. Lomb played his only competitive match for the Bayer professionals on December 6, 2012, including during the last Europa League group match against Rosenborg Trondheim. At that point, he didn’t concede a goal in the 1-0 win.

Born in Cologne, he has been playing for Bayer since 2008; between 2015 and 2019 he was loaned out to Halleschen FC, Preußen Münster and SV Sandhausen in the second and third divisions. He has never played a Bundesliga game for Bayer.

His use is possible because coach Peter Bosz spares the battle for the group victory against the same point Czech champion Lukas Hradecky and younger Florian Wirtz (17) and doesn’t even call them into the squad. Bosz also does not want to take any chances with striker Lucas Alario, who could have been in the team after overcoming knee problems. With Jonathan Tah, Lars Bender and Moussa Diaby, there are only three seasoned professionals left on the bench.

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