Goalkeeper mistakes penalty spot for ball in air-kick. Goalkeepers, more than any other player on a football pitch, will likely have a few clips to add to their blooper reel by the end of their careers.Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner has said his air-kick in Saturday’s Bundesliga match against Borussia Monchengladbach happened when he mistook the penalty spot for the ball.The position just lends itself to unfortunate slip ups – whether it’s failing to control a back pass, passing it directly to an opposition player, letting the ball roll under you – every mistake is potentially disastrous.
Somehow the goalie managed to mistake the penalty spot for the ball, letting the ball roll on past him as he searched for a teammate, only realising when his kick made contact with nothing but air.Speaking after the match, Zentner said: “The ball was passed back to me with a bit of backspin. “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.” The draw leaves Mainz 13th in the Bundesliga, while Gladbach are eighth.
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