Bayern Munich were beaten on penalties by German second-tier side Holstein Kiel despite plenty of their first string squad playing.
Bayern sunk by Holstein Kiel
An extraordinary night in northern Germany was witnessed as second-tier side Holstein Kiel knocked out Bayern Munich from the German Cup for the first time ever. In fact, it was the first meeting between the two clubs meaning that Holstein Kiel are unbeaten in their history against the German and European champions.
The game looked as if it was going to be a routine victory for Bayern after Serge Gnabry gave Bayern the lead after a terrible goalkeeping mistake. However, Fin Bartels’ great run and strike equalised for the home side.
It was then the turn of Leroy Sane to convert an exquisite free-kick, from the right-hand side, curling past the keeper’s fingertips and into the top-right corner. That goal put the German champions into the driving seat and the game was heading towards a victory for Hansi Flick but a 95th-minute equaliser from Hauke Wahl took it to extra time.
The added period provided no chances for either side to take the win and so the dreaded penalty shootout followed with all the players converting up until Spanish signing Marc Roca stepped up and had his strike saved by Ioannis Gelios.
Flick defends Roca as Muller blames bad luck
Since signing from Espanyol at the beginning of the season, Marc Roca has not enjoyed the best of starts having been sent off on his debut in the Champions League and now missing the penalty to knock Bayern out of the German cup.
However, head coach Hansi flick has defended the Spaniard and has backed his midfielder to continue developing and improving.
“It’s surprising, that’s what the cup is like. Kiel defended well, their keeper turned in an outstanding performance. It just happens in penalty shoot-outs, I don’t blame Roca,” said Flick.
He went on to describe his surprise at the result further and said that they would bounce back in the coming weeks and months.
“It’s a shock of course. We’re very disappointed, we wanted to defend the treble. Taken altogether it was down to details, the team showed great spirit,” Flick said.
“We were dominant, which was our aim. It’s very annoying that we conceded the equaliser in the last second. We must congratulate Kiel, they made it a real cup fight, they were completely committed.
“We must put it behind us and improve. We must be more compact at the back. We must apply more pressure and be more solid when it comes to balls over the top.”
Bayern stalwart Thomas Muller suggested that his side experienced a spate of bad luck throughout the game:
“At the end of the day we lost against the underdogs from Kiel,” he said. “It may sound silly after such a defeat but lady luck wasn’t really on our side today.”
Bayern will need to put their defeat behind them as they face Freiburg at the weekend looking to continue their run at the top of the table.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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