Defending champions Bayern Munich were sent crashing out of the DfB-Pokal in the second round as second-tier side Holstein Kiel booked their place in the last 16 with a dramatic victory on penalties.
Bayern entered the game in about as unconvincing form as you’re ever likely to see from them. They recently lost their second Bundesliga game of the season and have conceded the first goal in each of their last nine league games.
To try and rediscover their mojo, Hansi Flick sent out a strong Bayern team which was only missing a handful of regular starters. Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Benjamin Pavard were left on the bench, but Bayern still looked more than good enough on paper.
They started the game well and took the lead after 14 minutes through Serge Gnabry, but Bayern were pegged back before half-time. A Leroy Sane free kick had Flick’s side ahead shortly after the break, but they simply could not find that third goal.
Their poor finishing allowed centre-back Hauke Wahl to fire home an equaliser in the 95th minute, and in the ensuing penalty shootout, it was midfielder Marc Roca whose saved effort allowed the minnow to knock Bayern out of the competition at the second round – their earliest exit since 2000.
After the game, Thomas Muller was involved in a prickly confrontation with journalist Valeska Homburg, who was giggling about the result when asking the Bayern man about the mood in the dressing room.
“What do you think the mood is? You’re laughing here now,” he said (via AZ). “We’re of course pissed off, as you of course can imagine. The mood is not good.”
Muller then took to Instagram to write: “The last minute shock is still fresh. Nevertheless, congratulations at this point to Holstein Kiel for advancing, which was a little lost in all the frustration earlier in the interview.
“Valeska Homburg, we both could have probably done a little better — no offence.”