Christoph Kramer is a very talented young footballer and is expected to become a leading star of the German national team, but by the age of 23 he is best remembered for being knocked out in the World Cup final and now scoring one of the most remarkable own goals you are likely to see.
Currently plying his trade for Borussia Monchengladbach on loan from Bayer Leverusen, and linked with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, the defensive midfielder faced off against struggling Borussia Dortmund on Sunday at the Westfalenstadion.
Germany is probably the ideal place for some schadenfreude
Kramer has been key to Gladbach's good form this season, which had taken them second in the Bundesliga until they traveled to Dortmund in a must-win match for the home side. Jurgen Klopp and the 'Yellow Wall' were relieved in the end because win they did.
Germany's Bundesliga is probably the ideal place for some schadenfreude and there was plenty to go round after what was a sensational winner from 50 yards out. The problem for Kramer was that he scored it in his won goal.
To really understand a person you need to walk a mile in their shoes, or something like that, but no manner of traipsing around in Kramer's boots will give you and understanding of what he was thinking when he lofted a pass first time miles over his goalkeeper, Yann Sommer, and into the net.
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The look of disbelief on the faces of fans and officials behind the goal tell the whole story, while Kramer's teammates struggle to even look at him - see it for yourself here…
It was a bizarre and beautiful way to decide the match in what was Dortmund's first win in seven matches, halting a run of five straight defeats, and taking them out of the relegation zone. That they were in there in the first place was incredible and the relief afterwards was palpable, with celebrations looking a little over the top for a scrappy 1-0 victory.
Klopp will now see his team go into the international break with a morale-boosting victory behind him, while Kramer will head off for Germany duty where he will meet up with a few of the Dortmund players - we're sure they'll say nothing about Sunday's events.
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