A Year Ago, Mainz Goalkeeper Robin Zentner Invented The 'Ghost Pass' By Accident
It's exactly a year to the day that a lad from Rüdesheim invented 'the ghost pass' - a total fluke that will go down in history as a moment of madness
Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner became a viral sensation after he accidentally tried to pass the penalty spot instead of the ball in a game.
In the first half of Mainz' trip to Mönchengladbach, he looked to play a pass in his own penalty box and get his team back on the front foot.
Incredibly though, the 23-year-old didn't realise the ball was at his feet and a Sunday League-esque moment ensued.
He genuinely tried to pass the penalty spot to his defender, realised what he had done, saw the Gladbach attacker hunting the ball and panicked big time.
One year to the day since Robin Zentner attempted to pass the penalty spot rather than the ball :joy:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 5, 2018
Luckily for Zentner, Mönchengladbach couldn't capitalise on his mistake and Mainz retained a 1-0 lead in the opening 30 minutes, with the game finishing 1-1.
After the game, Zentner became the talk of the town on social media and then offered a hilarious explanation on his gaffe.
"The ball was passed back to me with a bit of backspin," he said, as quoted by ESPN.
"In the corner of my eye, I could see something white and I thought it was the ball - but it was the penalty spot and the ball was somewhere else.
"I went to play a pass into the centre but I didn't make contact with the ball, and then I realised it wasn't even there."
Zentner gave the term 'no-look pass' a whole new meaning a year ago and will forever salute him for his genius bit of play even if he definitely didn't mean it.