Three Years Ago Today, The 'Ghost Pass' Was Invented By Accident
It's exactly three years 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 Borussia Mönchengladbach, he looked to play a pass in his own penalty box and get his team back on the front foot.
Incredibly though, he 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.
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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 and will forever salute him for his genius bit of play even if he definitely didn't mean it.
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