Everyone is well aware that Jerome Boateng is one of if not the best central defender in the world. However, for years, he's been known to have a play or two that can casually be known as a "Boafart". There just seems to be a game every once in a while where Jerome turns his brain off.
Today, unfortunately, just happened to be that day. In the 72nd minute, Boateng received a yellow card for a professional foul just outside of the penalty area. That's fine. Sometimes your centerbacks have to take those cards. The problem is what Boateng did on the free kick that resulted from his foul.
Standing in the middle of the wall since he is the biggest, Boateng leapt higher than anyone, but he also lifted his right arm as the ball came toward the wall. With his arm parallel to his body, Boateng blocked the free kick with his elbow. The referee immediately blew the play dead, awarding a penalty to Hoffenheim.
Boateng was shown his second yellow card for the handball and sent to the showers. Interestingly enough, Xabi Alonso was also shown a yellow card at this time. Apparently, it was for lying to referee and trying to convince him that it was he that handled the ball and not Boateng.
Luckily for Boateng, Manuel Neuer is so intimidating that Eugen Polanski missed the ensuing penalty kick. The score remained tied, and FC Bayern would go on to win the match.
With Boateng out and Mehdi Benatia injured, Pep Guardiola may be forced to go to a three man backline of David Alaba, Dante, and Rafinha against Bayer Leverkusen. If he wants to stick with four at the back, we may see Alaba partner Dante in the middle with Juan Bernat out wide left.