Leno shoulders blame for draw

Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno admitted he was at fault for the goal that allowed FC Augsburg to secure a 1-1 draw at BayArena on Sunday evening.

The 23-year-old was made to rue a massive error after slicing the ball into his own net just 12 minutes into the Bundesliga clash.

Fortunately for the former Germany Under-21 international, Karim Bellarabi levelled the scores in the 39th minute to help Leverkusen earn a share of the spoils.

When asked whether he wanted the ground to swallow him up after committing the error, Leno told the Bundesliga website: "Yes, exactly that.

"My only thought was 'what's happening?'. As a goalkeeper you draw the short straw.

"Of course it was a complete blackout on my part. The ball took an unfortunate bounce, I sliced it and in it went. There was no stopping it. These things happen unfortunately."

Leno was recently called up to the senior Germany side for the first time, but insists the error won't hurt his chances of featuring in the upcoming international break.

He added: "I don't think a silly mistake will cost me. I'm delighted to be involved for the first time and I'll try to show what I can do and, as always, perform."

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