Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Future Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski had a horrible night on Tuesday in the Bundesliga.
Without a win in five matches (four defeats and a draw) during which time they’ve conceded 17 times and scored a paltry four goals in return, Cologne slumped to a 4-0 battering at Mainz to compound their deepening relegation woes.
The loss, though, had an extra sting for the soon-to-be Gunner forward, as he was struck by a rogue coin early on in the contest.
With his side 1-down at the time, Podolski made his way over to the corner flag to take a set-play. But before he could reach his destination the German striker was sent crashing to the turf as a coin hit him below his left eye.
Mainz are expected to be punished for their unruly fans’ behaviour.
Mainz’s fans weren’t the only ones to shame themselves against Cologne.
Hungarian centre-forward Adam Szalai has courted plenty of fury after the Magyar took a shocking dive to win his side a penalty to open the scoring.
With 18 minutes gone in the match, Szalai disgracefully flung himself to the turf to simulate a foul from Cologne’s Ammar El Jemal. As replays conclusively proved though, no contact was made as Szalai tumbled to the turf in a sorry act of cheating. Making Szalai’s play-acting all the more painful was the fact that Mainz’s Eugen Polanski converted the resultant spot-kick.