When it was clear that Pavao Pervan would guard VfL Wolfsburg’s goal in the game at 1. FC Köln, a look at the statistics didn’t help.
The last six league games with the Austrian in the goal had all lost the Lower Saxony and conceded 17 goals. The 34-year-old corrected his reputation as an accident raven on Saturday.
In the 1-0 victory, he not only stayed without a goal, he was ultimately the guarantee with numerous strong parades – which was particularly pleased with his coach Florian Kohfeldt. “If I could have chosen one as a match winner before the game, I would have said: Please let it be a pavao,” said Kohfeldt. After all, he could “personally nothing that his balance was not so good”. But he was “a top professional. In the head very good and absolutely important for the team, also internally.”
Since its change for half a million euros from Linz ASK in 2018, Pervan has been the clear number two behind the Koen Casteels, who has risen to captain. Since the 1-0 at 1. FC Union Berlin in October 2019, he had no victory in the goal in eleven league missions. On Saturday he “just enjoyed the atmosphere and the game,” said Pervan: “I’m just happy.”