Matthäus' Goal of the Year against Leverkusen
There are goals which are uniquely brilliant – the best players in the world are defined by the fact that they frequently score such goals. Lothar Matthäus was one of those players and on Matchday 14 of the 1992/93 Bundesliga season, he proved it once again. In a 4-2 win over this weekend's opponents Bayer Leverkusen (Saturday, 15:30 CEST), he scored the German 'Goal of the Year' for the second time in his career – following his stunning solo effort against Yugoslavia in the 1990 World Cup.
Mehmet Scholl put the ball down for a corner but instead of crossing it into the penalty area, he played it back, where Matthäus was ready and waiting to hammer the ball into the top corner from around 20 metres out to make it 2-1 to Bayern. "You can try something like that a thousand times but it might only come off once," recalled the 1990 World Cup winner.
The goal was also a significant moment for Matthäus personally. After his four-year stay in Italy, his comeback in Munich had been delayed due to a cruciate ligament tear. But after this thunderbolt of a goal, he was fully back. And given Bayern's current form, Reds fans can hope that someone pulls off a similar feat against Leverkusen on Saturday and follow in Matthäus‘ footsteps.