Augsburg, Germany (dpa) – Jens Lehmann did it in 1997 and Frank Rost followed up in 2002. Now Marwin Hitz can be added to the list of goalkeepers who have scored goals in normal play in the Bundesliga’s more than 50-year history.
“I’d already said a few times to my teammates that I’d score five goals a season if I could go forward for every set-piece. I just had to show them,” the Augsburg keeper said.
Show them he did in the fourth minute of stoppage time against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
With his side trailing 2-1 Hitz went up for a corner in what was clearly going to be the last action of the game.
The ball was initially cleared but when it came back into the box, the 27-year-old Swiss keeper turned at close range to fire the ball into the net past opposite number Bernd Leno to earn Augsburg a 2-2 draw.
“If Marwin lets the goals in at one end then he has to score them as well at the other,” acting captain Daniel Baier said. “That was an ice-cold shot. I can take a leaf out of his book.”
To cap it all the goal came on Hitz’s comeback in goal three months after a partial cruciate ligament tear.
“I didn’t realise I was putting a goalscorer in goal, coach Markus Weinzierl quipped. “It will in any case go down in history.”
Perhaps not quite, but goalkeeper goals, other than from the penalty spot, are still a rarity in football.
Former Germany keeper Lehmann was the first goalie to score in the Bundesliga when his last-gasp header earned Schalke a 2-2 draw against local rivals Borussia Dortmund on December 19, 1997.
Rost scored Werder Bremen’s third goal in a 4-3 defeat of Hansa Rostock on March 31, 2002.
When it comes to penalties, Lehmann and former Germany keeper Andreas Koepke (twice) have scored from the spot, while former Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern Munich keeper Joerg Butt was a penalty specialist, scoring 26 times.
Lehmann sent his congratulations to Hitz, saying: “It must be a great feeling as goalkeeper to score the equaliser in a match.”