"My wife missed it"

The TSG Hoffenheim players have scored very many, very nice goals over the course of their careers. However, every player probably has a favourite goal. To kick off our series, Pavel Kadeřábek speaks about his favourite goal.

"Back then, we had to win by a two-goal margin against Borussia Dortmund in order to be certain of reaching the Champions League. My goal meant that we were in the group stages of the top competition for the first time. I've already watched the goal at least 200 times. Every time when I'm in a bad mood, I look at the scene and then I'm happy again afterwards.

Andrej played a free-kick from the left into the centre and the cross almost went straight into the goal, but Manuel Akanji blocked the ball on the line. I wasn't sure whether the ball was already in the net or there would perhaps be a penalty kick for handball. But then I simply went for goal and actually did not properly connect with the ball. Roman Bürki even managed to get to it with his fingertips, but because I was so close there was nothing he could do.

"After the goal, I immediately ran over to the corner flag where my family always sit. My wife and my daughter were in the toilet at the time and missed that goal, of all moments, but I saw my father in the stand and the lads immediately threw themselves on top of me. That goal is one of the best moments of my life and will stay with me forever."

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