After netting his first goal for Mainz in their impressive 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich on Matchday 30 – becoming the first Spanish player to score in Europe's top four leagues – Bojan Krkic spoke exclusively to bundesliga.com about "a very special day".
Having come through the youth ranks at Barcelona and plied his trade at the likes of AC Milan and Ajax, Bojan knows a thing or two about performing on the big stage. It was perhaps fitting, then, that he chose Bayern's Allianz Arena as the setting for his first Bundesliga goal, which made him the first Spanish player to score in Europe's top four leagues – Spain, Italy, England and Germany.
"It was a very special day for me," the 26-year-old admitted, after opening his account in his eighth Bundesliga appearance since joining Mainz on loan from Stoke City in January. "I scored my first goal in the Bundesliga, against a top side, and most importantly I helped my team pick up a vital point."
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Bojan's teammates appeared to be equally delighted with his goal. "I'm incredibly happy for him, he's definitely earned it," enthused defender Leon Balogun. "He's very intelligent and always knows what he needs to do with the ball. When he's on his game like that, he's a big asset for us."
Indeed, the Spanish forward needed all of three minutes to open the scoring in Bavaria, as Mainz threatened to repeat last season's feat of being the only Bundesliga side to beat the champions in their own backyard. In the end, though, Bayern twice came from behind to rescue a 2-2 draw, with goals from Arjen Robben and Thiago, who later exchanged jerseys with his former Barcelona teammate. Afterwards, Bojan was keen to focus on the positives.
"It's a very important point for us," he insisted. "We played a great game from the very first minute, and created a lot of difficulties for Bayern in their stadium. We are very happy with this point, because they all count."
Following on from last week's win over Hertha Berlin – which ended a five-game losing streak – the Bayern draw will have come as another breath of fresh air for the 05ers in their bid to avoid the drop. They took advantage of Matchday 30 defeats for fellow strugglers Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Augsburg to move up to 13th in the table.
"We're proud of our performance," Bojan continued. "We have to keep playing with the same attitude and the same confidence. It's important to believe in ourselves and get ready for another good week."
Mainz's next outing is on Saturday, at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach – who have a DFB Cup semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt to come in midweek. That could play into the hands of Martin Schmidt's side, especially if they produce another all-action performance like at the Allianz Arena, where they covered ten kilometres more ground than Bayern.
"If we keep playing like that, I'm certain we'll remain in the Bundesliga," Bojan concludes, with a smile.