Robin Zentner can expect to be the butt of the jokes inside the Mainz dressing room this evening.
Zentner, Mainz’s 23-year-old goalkeeper, has gone viral on social media for a hilarious moment during the German club’s encounter against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday afternoon.
We’ve seen ghost goals, and now we’ve witnessed a ghost pass.
The incident came with Mainz leading their Bundesliga opponents thanks to Abdou Diallo’s opener in the 19th minute.
Mainz have made a slow start to the season, recording just three wins so far, so it was the perfect way to begin what was expected to be a difficult match.
But Sandro Schwarz’s side couldn’t hold on to their lead, Jannik Vestergaard equalising for the hosts midway through the second half, and neither side could find a winner.
So a 1-1 draw that does little for either team.
Zentner’s hilarious moment
It was a match that everyone would quickly forget about if not for Zentner’s moment of comedy gold.
The ‘keeper received a backpass when he lifted his head, in search of a pass.
Yet Zentner failed to notice that the ball had continued to roll past him.
Completely unaware that the ball was behind him, Zentner gestured as if to make a pass - proceeding to kick thin air.
It was just fantastic.
Monchengladbach reacted with a quality tweet
It led to a superb tweet from Borussia Monchengladbach:
And Gary Lineker also tweeted
Even Gary Lineker has tweeted about it.
Zentner will have been left very relieved that he wasn’t punished for his moment of clumsiness.
Although his teammates will never let him forget about it.