MX23RW : Friday, September 21 08:25:44
Oct 18, 2013 at 7.30pm UK at ​Rhein-Neckar-Arena
Hoffenheim
1-2
B. LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
FT(HT: 0-1)
Sam (26'), Kiessling (71')
Toprak (9'), Wollscheid (23'), Hegeler (41'), Castro (67')

Result: Ghost goal helps Bayer Leverkusen beat Hoffenheim to go top

Stefan Kiessling is awarded a 'ghost goal' as Bayer Leverkusen controversially beat Hoffenheim 2-1 to climb to the top of the Bundesliga.

Stefan Kiessling scored a goal that wasn't to help Bayer Leverkusen record a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim that sends them to the top of the Bundesliga.

Kiessling's header had initially gone wide, but then finished up in the net courtesy of a hole in the netting, and was awarded as a goal by referee Felix Brych.

Leverkusen's Sidney Sam celebrates scoring the 1-0 during the German first division Bundesliga football match TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Sinsheim, Germany, on October 18, 2013© Getty Images

Leverkusen had already led following Sidney Sam's first-half strike, but Kiessling's effort ended up being decisive after Hoffenheim pulled one back late on through Sven Schipplock.

Visiting goalkeeper Bernd Leno was the first to be called into action when he saved well from Anthony Modeste, charging off his line to close the angle and parry the Frenchman's shot wide.

Seven minutes later, Leverkusen were ahead when Sam collected a pass from Gonzalo Castro and cut in from the right flank before powering a shot past Koen Casteels at the near post.

Hoffenheim nearly replied straight away as Modeste got the better of Leno, poking the ball under him and into the net before incorrectly being adjudged offside.

The hosts had even more reason to be frustrated with the officials when Kiessling's missed header on 70 minutes spun back into the net through a gap in the side netting.

Referee Brych evened things up slightly when he gave Hoffenheim a soft-looking penalty, which Roberto Firmino saw saved by Leno, before his rebound bounced off a defender, both posts and out.

Schipplock turned the ball in at the far post following an 88th-minute scramble, giving Hoffenheim brief hope of a point, which they may well have come away with had it not been for Kiessling's bizarre 'goal'.

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Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga match between 1899 Hoffenheim and 1 FC Nuremberg in the stadium in Sinsheim, Germany, on August 10, 2013
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