Owen Hargreaves praises Kai Havertz for his after his penalty re-take
Kai Havertz ‘showed real courage and composure’ by slotting home his re-taken penalty against Dortmund, says Owen Hargreaves, as BT Sport pundit praises German’s ‘brilliant’ peformance
- Chelsea knocked Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League on Tuesday
- It came as Kai Havertz scored a penalty re-take after initially hitting the post
- Owen Hargreaves praised the German international’s ‘composure and courage’
Owen Hargreaves spoke of Kai Havertz’s ‘courage and composure’ after the Chelsea star scored a crucial penalty re-take in their 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.
The German international initially hit the post, but was allowed to take the penalty again after a Dortmund player encroached on the box and cleared the ball.
Havertz put the second attempt in almost the same spot and fired it past the visiting keeper.
‘He showed real courage and composure,’ said Hargreaves on BT Sport. ‘He was brilliant today. He delivers. He showed real composure in big moments.
‘This is a huge moment for Chelsea, it could turn everything around for them.’
Kai Havertz scored a re-take from the spot on Tuesday after initially hitting the post
Raheem Sterling also got on the scoresheet as Chelsea knocked Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League
Owen Hargreaves praised Havertz for showing ‘courage and composure’ by scoring the re-take
The Blues will advance to the Champions League quarter finals after the result, which also saw Raheem Sterling open the scoring in the first half.
It marks something of a turnaround for Graham Potter’s side after they also ended a torrid spell of league form with a win over Leeds at the weekend.
While all the pundits praised Havertz for his performance on Tuesday, Rio Ferdinand was less positive about the encroachment rule that led to the re-take.
‘It’s a terrible rule,’ he said. ‘They’re trying to take every element of positivity for a defender away.
‘What was so wrong before? I understand that is the rule, but I don’t agree that it is a good law.’
Jude Bellingham agreed, after his side’s loss, calling the re-take decision ‘a joke’ and pointing out that Havertz’s slow run-up means encroachment is always likely.
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