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Stefan Kiessling dark magic produces phantom match-winner against Hoffenheim

Germany Soccer Bundesliga

Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling celebrates after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)


I think Sir Bedevere might have something to say about this moment in Bundesliga play Friday.

Bayer Leverkusen defeated Hoffenheim 2-1 to go top of the Bundelsiga table (!!), with the match winner coming from striker Stefan Kiessling in the 70th minute.

Except it was never a goal.

Kiessling’s header off a corner went beyond the post, but the ball went through a hole in the side netting and into the back of the goal, and referee Felix Brych awarded the goal for Leverkusen.

At the time Bayer went up 2-0, a lead Hoffenheim couldn’t overcome despite converting a penalty 18 minutes later.

The replay showed the ball clearly went well outside the post, but with the hole in the netting not visible on the camera angles, the ball appears to magically travel through the side of the goal and in.

A bit controversially, Kiessling nor any other Leverkusen player corrected the official.

It was a tough day at the office for Hoffenheim, who also had another goal ruled out incorrectly for offsides. And that’s not all - earlier Roberto Firmino missed a penalty and the follow up saw Hoffenheim smash the woodwork twice.

Following the match, the Bundesliga told they do not have Goal Line Technology and it wouldn’t be implemented until the 2015/16 season at the earliest.

Here’s the phantom goal, have a watch: