Philipp Hofmann was the talk of German football today after the Kaiserslautern substitute produced a contender for the worst miss of the season - perhaps even of all-time - during a 2. Bundesliga clash against Union Berlin on Wednesday evening.
Now, while we understand that there is always an element of unlikely hyperbole associated with this sort of thing, this particular miss is certainly worthy of a slightly sensationalised build-up as it really was THAT bad.
After teammate Alexander Ring showed great strength in possession to dispossess Roberto Puncec in the final third, the former played a great ball across the six-yard box that took goalkeeper Daniel Haas out of the game.
With the goal gaping, all Hofmann - who was probably less than two yards out at the time - had to do was make contact with the cross and surely he would score - right?
Wrong. Embarrassingly for the 22-year-old, a wicked bump in the surface resulted in an awkward bobble that saw the ball skip up and strike the German striker on his left shin before flying agonisingly over the crossbar.
Watch the truly shocking miss here
Luckily for a visibly humiliated Hofmann - who can be seen sinking to his knees in horror after the miss - it did not prove too costly for Kosta Runjaić's side as a first-half effort from Ring was ultimately enough to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Fritz-Walter-Stadion.
That win for Kaiserslautern was their fourth of the 2014/15 campaign to date and leaves the lying third in the table, behind leaders SV Darmstadt 98 and second-place RB Leipzig by virtue of goal difference.
Union, meanwhile, currently sit 15th with a rather paltry record of one win, three draws and three defeats so far this season.
Manager Norbert Düwel will presumably have been furious with that latest loss, with his side handed such a massive boost by Hofmann's glaring error.
Is this one of the worst misses you have seen? Can you think of many even more shocking? Leave us your thoughts in the comment box provided below.
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