Hapless Zenit star savaged by followers after chipping keeper along with his chest in spectacular own-goal for Spartak (VIDEO) — RT Sport Information
Zenit St. Petersburg star Dejan Lovren was mercilessly ridiculed after scoring a stunning own goal against Spartak Moscow.
A litany of Liverpool fans tweeted their glee after seeing footage of Lovren attempting a back pass in the first half of the crunch showdown at Gazprom Arena and Spartak equalizing after Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun gave the hosts early had given the lead.
After attempting a hopeful cross into the box, trying to catch up with Zenit at the top of the table, former Croatian center-back Lovren decided to return the ball to his goalkeeper under light pressure near the goal line.
Misinterpreting Lunyov’s position, his control caught his teammate clueless and spun impressively over the goalkeeper’s dive before shooting under the crossbar and into the back of the net.
“It’s a very dubious own goal from Dejan Lovren,” said one surprised commentator, watching the defender, who had arrived for more than $ 14 million from the reigning Premier League champions, embarrassedly returned to the center line.
The veteran spent six successful years at Anfield, but was known for his occasional mistakes, many of which came to mind when a predominantly red supportive rush of responses greeted the footage.
“Dejan Lovren’s mind operates on a completely different frequency than any other human being, and I adore him for it,” said one, while another remarked, “That’s so Lovren. The right idea, but terribly wrong.”
Lovren was something of a marquee signing for Zenit as the club sought European success at the start of the season before hitting the bottom of their Champions League group.
“Lovren is excellent most of the time and you use his first big mistake in a Zenit shirt as a justification for having an obvious agenda against the guy for no reason,” one apologist argued at a time with another fan.
I can’t believe we have real money for him.
– Lana🧚🏽♀️ (@Cocolitooo) December 16, 2020
“I kept saying he was a good player all along,” the first meme maker retorted. “Just not worth it [that money]and not a player who takes Zenit to the next level. “
The noticeable flaw is far from the fact that the 2018 World Cup finalist made headlines for the first time for unusual reasons.
He has been described as having a “pea-sized brain” for claiming Liverpool could go undefeated during the 2018-19 season. He was devastated for extravagant bragging rights when Croatia collapsed in the Nations League in 2018 and described as “brain dead on and” off the pitch “for supporting unfounded Covid-19 conspiracy theories earlier this year.
Peter Schmeichel, who spoke to RT.com after the World Cup final in Russia, gave a scathing assessment of Lovren’s remarks before the game before Croatia fell 4-2 defensively against France.
“One of the big things last week was the testimony from Dejan Lovren who came out and did this. Hey, look at me, I’m a really good defender,” said Schmeichel.
Has anyone ever said they were good?
– Danil Dovgan-Eugene (@Dovganlinho) December 16, 2020
Yes. He’s still good and solid this season, but he’s always got a lot of those flaws in him. In no way worth 12 million and not a world beater
– Hanu (@ H4nuu) December 16, 2020
“‘You’ve all criticized me, but in fact I’m one of the best defenders in the world.’ That’s a very bad idea to say.
“Today he didn’t show that he was one of the best. His partner Domagoj Vida didn’t show that either. They weren’t very good today.”
Fortunately for the 31-year-old, his latest lamentable mistake did no permanent damage to Zenit’s title win.
Lovren would have watched with relief as Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy restored his side to the lead in the 73rd minute before Russia captain Artem Dzyuba scored a 3-1 win in added time.
Zenit’s twelfth win in 19 league games put them six points ahead of Spartak, although Lovren will almost certainly have to endure being teased by Mo Salah, Liverpool’s veteran top scorer at the right end of the field who is one of his best friends.
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