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The super eagle danced past Karlsruher SC defenders in the danger zone before firing past an unhappy Oliver Khan
VFL Bochum’s Gerrit Holtman welcomes his famous goal against Mainz 05 in the 2-0 victory at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion in the Bundesliga last weekend, compared to the one Nigeria legend Jay-Jay Okocha scored in 1993.
Holtman dribbled 56 yards past several players in his former team before cutting in and calmly hitting the ball past Robin Zentner in the Mainz goal. The second goal was scored by Sebastian Polter as the promoted side collected their maiden voyage after opening day’s 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg.
It has been compared to the goal Okocha, who then played for Eintracht Frankfurt, scored against Karlsruher SC almost three decades ago. The former Super Eagle literally danced past three defenders in the 18-yard area before hitting the ball past legendary guard Oliver Khan at the time. It is still one of the most famous goals in the Bundesliga.
Holtman discussed his fantastic goal with the media in Germany.
“I chose exactly how I wanted to get through there. There was a small space available and I took a closer look at it,” Holtman said as quoted by the Bundesliga website.
“You admired it as a child,” commented the 26-year-old Okocha’s goal. “It went through as if it were just flagpoles. I would be happy if my goal was compared to that.”
Should fans expect another such goal from him?
“I’m Gerrit Holtmann and not Lionel Messi. And that’s how it should be,” he concluded.
The winger came to Bochum in 2020 from Mainz and has since scored four goals in the 22 matches he has played. He played for Eintracht Braunschweig II from 2014 to 2015 and scored 11 goals in 29 matches. He caught the attention of the senior team and he was eventually promoted.
However, he only managed four goals in 31 games, he played in the 2015/2016 season, and that was when Mainz came in for him. The striker played 26 games for them and scored two goals.
He also played for the club’s junior side and made nine appearances before being loaned to SC Paderborn, where he scored a goal in 24 games. He leads Bochum against FC Koln on Saturday.