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

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

GIF by BR UK

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

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