Saturday March 1st, 2014

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, in happier times for Borussia Mönchengladbach. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) Marc-Andre ter Stegen, in happier times for Borussia Mönchengladbach. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Lately, things have been going very well for Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Sure, his team sits seventh in the Bundesliga standings, but the German keeper has been linked to La Liga giants Barcelona as the heir apparent to Victor Valdes in goal. German newspaper Bild has gone as far to report that the 21-year-old ter Stegen has already signed a five-year deal with Barcelona and passed a physical.

It's understandable, then, that ter Stegen may have had other things on his mind as Borussia took on Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday. At least, that would explain the goal he allowed in the 52nd minute, which ... well, just watch for yourself below.

https://vine.co/v/MKP6z15aQYJ

That goal cost Borussia the win, as it drew 1-1 with Eintracht.

Amazingly enough, this isn't the first time ter Stegen has managed an own goal of this level of ineptitude. The same thing happened to him during a USA-Germany friendly back in June 2013, when ter Stegen whiffed on a backpass from defender Benedikt Howedes and let the ball trickle into goal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du6e0qUIGFc Germany lost that friendly, 4-3, but that ghastly gaffe apparently didn't affect ter Stegen's worth to top sides like Barcelona. Let's hope for his sake that his latest comedy of errors doesn't hurt either.

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