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Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling Scores Bizarre ‘Ghost Goal’ Through Hole In Net vs Hoffenheim (Video)

By Chris Wright

PHANTOM TOR! Hoffenheim were left nursing a serious case of “wadafuqref?” at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena last night when Stefan Kiessling put Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 up with a “goal” that, in fact, merely passed through a gap in the side netting…

Referee Felix Brych understandably came under heavy criticism after the game though he both acknowledged and defended his iffy decision, claiming: “There was no indication that it was not a regular goal. I had a bit of doubt, but the reaction of the players was clear. There was nothing to suggest otherwise.”

To be fair to him, it really does look like a perfectly kosher goal in real time: the angle of Kiessling’s header, the trajectory at which the ball rolls across the back of the net, the distinct lack of flapping when the ball passes through the goal net, the reaction of the players; it’s definitely a toughy.

However, Hoffenheim, surprisingly enough, weren’t best pleased with Brych’s call and have demanded the entire match (which eventually finished 2-1 to Leverkusen) be replayed.

There is a precedent there too, with Bayern Munich forced to replay a game against Nurnberg in 1994 when Thomas Helmer’s “phantom tor” was given by the linesman in the first fixture despite his shot going wide. Munich won the replay 5-0 ten days later.

Hoffenheim coach Markis Gisdol said: “It’s definitely bitter for us and something like this has already happened once, and that game was replayed so I think we’re going to see this game again.

“Anything else would be a joke. You can’t replay a Bayern Munich game, but not a Hoffenheim game.”


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By Chris on October 19th, 2013 in Bundesliga, FAIL, Newsnow, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

7 Responses to “Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling Scores Bizarre ‘Ghost Goal’ Through Hole In Net vs Hoffenheim (Video)”

  1. KingB3113 says:

    So…when the linesmen “check” the nets before kickoff, is that just for show or what?

  2. Matt in Chattanooga says:

    Kiessling’s initial reaction looked to be “cannot believe i headed it wide of the post”

    also, how does the keeper not go mad protesting?!?! does he not know it flew on the other side of his post? was it simply a moment of him suspending disbelief as the ball was in the net?

  3. porcelain sandwich says:

    Can’t believe the ref’s statement afterwards. Saying there was nothing to suggest it wasn’t a goal when Kiessling clearly turns around and holds his head in despair.

  4. Steve-o says:

    I think it’s worth noting that Kiessling definitely knew too. Very weak of him not to admit it (assuming he didn’t, of course).

  5. Steve-o says:

    And how the hell does the goalie not complain? He watched it the whole way. Something rotten…

  6. TravisKOP says:

    their fault for the nets being shite

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