Bayern suffer shock Cup exit at second-tier Kiel

Holders Bayern Munich twice gave up a one-goal lead before crashing out of the German Cup 6-5 on penalties to second-tier Holstein Kiel on Wednesday, following a 2-2 draw after extra-time in the second-round match.

Both sides converted all five spot-kicks before Bayern’s Marc Roca had his effort saved and Fin Bartels slotted in the winning penalty.

The Bavarians went ahead through Serge Gnabry in the 14th minute and Thomas Muller should have doubled the lead when he fired over the bar from three metres out.

Bayern Munich slumped to a shock defeat in the German Cup on Wednesday
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Bayern Munich slumped to a shock defeat in the German Cup on Wednesday
Bayern Munich were beaten by lower-league opponents for the first time in 17 years
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Bayern Munich were beaten by lower-league opponents for the first time in 17 years

The champions’ defence has been leaking throughout the season with their most goals conceded after 15 games in the league since 1981, and Kiel struck on the break in the 37th minute when Bartels beat defender Niklas Sule in a sprint to score.

Despite making five changes to the team that squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Saturday, coach Hansi Flick’s Bayern continued to be vulnerable at the back.

Robert Lewandowski came off the bench but he couldn't stop the cup shock
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Robert Lewandowski came off the bench but he couldn’t stop the cup shock

Bayern went ahead again through Leroy Sane’s 48th-minute curled free-kick but offered up several good chances for the hosts, who found ways past their opponents’ shaky backline.

Bayern fielded a strong side with World Cup winner Manuel Neuer in goal
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Bayern fielded a strong side with World Cup winner Manuel Neuer in goal

Bayern, who won five titles in 2020 including the Champions League, hit the woodwork through Jamal Musiala before the hosts struck with Hauke Wahl’s last-gasp header to send the game into extra-time.

Kiel, who next face Darmstadt 98, kept their cool in the shootout to knock Bayern out at this stage of the German Cup for the first time since 2000.

“We lost to the underdogs and they did everything they could,” Muller said. “We had chances in the first half, but we made mistakes and Kiel punished us.

“They were very efficient but we should have won the game. We are out and it is bitter.”

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