Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is widely considered one of the most cultured centre-backs in world football - but he almost scored one of all-time great own goals at the weekend.
During the second half of Borussia Dortmund against Ingolstadt, Hummels was closed down by Dario Lezcano and went to knock the ball back to Roman Burki in the Dortmund goal; however, the German World Cup winner lost his balance and ended up looping the ball - from about 30 yards - over the head of his own goalkeeper.
But Hummels’ blushes were spared when the referee blew his whistle for a foul. Watch the video by scrolling down this page and you’ll see that was a generous decision to say the least.
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The Ingolstadt players and their manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, looked furious with the decision and you can understand why.
And their rage-levels would increase as the second half progressed; a brace from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in the final 15 minutes secured all three points for BVB.
Video: Mats Hummels' disallowed own goal
United and Liverpool to battle for Hummels?
Hummels will no doubt be linked with Europe’s biggest clubs when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
The 27-year-old has been continually linked with a move to Manchester United since Louis van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford, while rumours linking Liverpool with the centre-back have predictably surfaced after Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers back in October.
As Dortmund’s talismanic captain, prising Hummels away from Signal Iduna Park will be no mean feat.
However, at 27, the Germany international will be acutely aware that he’s running out of time to join another top European club in a different league.
Was the referee right to disallow Mats Hummels’ own goal? Have your say by leaving a comment below.