Jordi Osei-Tutu was a bit unfortunate to concede one of three penalties in a controversial draw between VfL Bochum and Osnabruck.
Osei-Tutu was making his second consecutive competitive start for his loan club, or third start in a row if you include the friendly he played over the international break. He’s had to be very patient for opportunities under Thomas Reis but he’s getting them now.
Bochum took an early lead, before Saulo Decarli conceded a penalty in the 10th minute to set up an equaliser. Thankfully for Bochum, the spot-kick was saved and the score remained 1-0.
They didn’t get lucky twice though. Osei-Tutu conceded another penalty just before half-time and Niklas Schmidt made no mistake at the second time of asking.
You can see the incident in the video below from 0:17 onwards. Whilst Osei-Tutu’s trailing foot does perhaps slightly brush the top of the attacker’s feet, he goes down very easily. It was a harsh decision, to say the least.
Bochum then had the chance to win the match in the second half with a penalty of their own, but another save meant the match finished 1-1.
It was a shame that the penalty put a negative spin on Osei-Tutu’s performance because the stats suggest he played a good game otherwise.
The Arsenal right-back made six tackles, three interceptions and created two chances at the other end – no one on the team made more key passes. Still, he can’t be taking those kinds of risks in his own box, and it’s something to learn from.