The referee in a Copa Libertadores clash between Brazilian side Flamengo and Ecuador’s Emelec attempted to kick a stray ball out of play but managed to miss it.
Former actor Néstor Pitana spotted the ball making its way onto the pitch in the round of 16 second leg at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
Toda a habilidade de Nestor Pitana: pic.twitter.com/HNLaTEnJta
— rapha (@raphaelsouzag) August 1, 2019
While the game continued on Thursday evening, Pitana ran towards the extra ball and launched a kick at it.
However the charismatic ref failed to connect, missing it entirely before turning round for another go.
O prêmio de lance mais feio do jogo vai pro árbitro Néstor Pitana pic.twitter.com/zHIFBbUfqc
— Gabriel Menezes (@FMS_Gabriel) August 1, 2019
He was finally successful and was able to kick the ball away without having to blow his whistle.
The tie trundled to a 2-2 draw on aggregate before the home side beat Emelec 4-2 on penalties to progress.