GIF: Stefan Kiessling Scores Phantom Goal Via Side Netting for Bayer Leverkusen

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVOctober 18, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - JULY 29:  Stefan Kiesling of Bayer Leverkusen looks on during the preseason friendly match between SSC Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen at Stadio San Paolo on July 29, 2012 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

When is a goal not really a goal? Let's ask Stefan Kiessling, shall we?

Kiessling was credited with a goal Friday evening as his Bayer Leverkusen won 2-1 at Hoffenheim to (briefly, at least) take over top spot in the Bundesliga. Upon further inspection, though, it wasn't really a goal.

Here's what happened.

In the 70th minute, Gonzalo Castro took a corner on the left, and Kiessling headed the ball toward Hoffenheim's goal. The ball flew outside Koen Casteels' post and into the side netting for what should have been a goal kick.

Instead, the referee awarded a goal.

Replays confirmed that the ball entered the goal via the side netting and should not have been awarded.

Kiessling initially showed disappointment with the miss before joining his teammates in a muted celebration.