Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Germany

Mitchell Langerak © Gallo Images

Step-in Langerak relieved by BVB win



Borussia Dortmund's Mitchell Langerak admitted he was relieved to have left Bayer Leverkusen with the 3-2 win which put his team second in the Bundesliga after his 11th-hour call-up.

The 24-year-old Australian goalkeeper made his first German league appearance since April 2012 on Sunday after first-choice shot-stopper Roman Weidenfeller dropped out on the morning of the match with an infection.

Although Dortmund raced into a 2-0 lead after only eight minutes, Leverkusen roared back after the break to draw level with Langerak in the thick of the action.

He faced the brunt of Leverkusen's second-half onslaught as they equalised on 62 minutes after intense pressure.

Two goals in four minutes by Leverkusen's defensive midfielder Stefan Reinartz put Leverkusen level, before Poland striker Robert Lewandowski grabbed Dortmund's 63rd-minute winner, much to Langerak's relief.

"We were very happy to get away with the three points," said Langerak, who picked up a late second-half booking.

"It was a really hard game, we did well in the first-half, but we were under enormous pressure after the break.

"Leverkusen came out of the dressing room like they were on fire and even though we had expected it, we were still a bit surprised.

"Luckily, we didn't give up and we were really happy to come away with the result."

Despite moving up to second in the league after the victory, defending champions Dortmund are still 12 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with 14 league games left this season.

The Australian has made a habit of being called upon for the big games, having come off the bench last May to help Dortmund win the German Cup final 5-2 against Bayern Munich in Berlin after an early injury to Weidenfeller.

Langerak is not in the Socceroos squad for Wednesday's international friendly against Romania in Malaga, Spain, with coach Holger Osieck preferring Fulham's Mark Schwarzer and Reading's Adam Federici as his goalkeepers.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Chima Emmanuel Aguma
The diamond is United's best friend
United’s recent spending raised questions on how the players would fit in to an XI. They were...

Neil Tovey
A striking concern
After Bafana Bafana drew a blank against Nigeria in Cape Town last week, our national striking woes...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref’s decisions to be challenged?
I read recently that Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the current Fifa president, is considering a move which...

Segun Odegbami
Worried, frustrated, angry and excited
Let me state it up front - I am worried, frustrated, angry and exited, all at once!

Carol Radull
Was Arsenal playing football?
What on earth was that? What was that game Arsenal were playing in Germany on Tuesday night?

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The pressure is on at Man United
By the time the summer transfer window closed in Europe, Manchester United had spent heavily. Times...