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Video: Gaffe goal awarded though header missed the target
REFEREE Felix Brych will go down in the annals after awarding one of the most bizarre 'goals' ever seen on the football pitch.
Stefan Kiessling's header for Bayer Leverkusen missed the target and the striker even held his head in frustration, but somehow the ball crept through the side-netting and Brych signalled a goal.
Leverkusen accepted the gift, that put them two goals ahead and on the way to a 2-1 victory, but it was certain to spark post-match controversy.
Here are a few more gaffe goals:
Clive Allen, Coventry v Crystal Palace, 1980, Highfield Road
Palace striker Allen lashed a powerful free-kick into the top corner of the Coventry goal and saw it smash against the right-hand stanchion before coming out again. However, the officials concluded the ball did not cross the line - and Palace went down 3-1.
Freddie Sears, Bristol City v Crystal Palace, 15 August 2009, Ashton Gate
On-loan West Ham striker Sears was looking for his first goal for Palace when his shot at Ashton Gate flew into the net and then back out again after hitting the base of the goal. Referee Rob Shoebridge consulted with a linesman before awarding a goal-kick and Palace went on to lose the match 1-0.
John Eustace own goal, Watford v Reading, 2008, Vicarage Road
Linesman Nigel Bannister farcically flagged for a goal instead of a corner after the ball crossed the goal-line wide of the goal following a challenge between Eustace and Royals striker Noel Hunt. Despite not a single Reading player appealing for the goal 25-year-old referee Stuart Attwell gave Steve Coppell's men a 1-0 lead.
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