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Off the bar - again

Schweinsteiger scores but curses his luck

At 183 cm (6 feet), Bayern and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will never rate as an aerial powerhouse. However, the lack of a couple of inches cannot be the only reason the 25-year-old has yet to net with his head in fully 209 Bundesliga appearances. He had another go on Saturday in Cologne, but his effort hit the crossbar – yet again.

“If my header had gone in instead of hitting the bar, we’d have won,” Schweinsteiger sighed after the 1-1 draw with mid-table Köln. Schweini twice headed against the crossbar in the reverse fixture, which similarly ended in stalemate. All in all, the player has hit the bar on seven occasions this term, six times with headers, for an unwanted league best.