‘Giant Killing’ is a soccer term used when a catastrophe occurs in which a weak team in a lower league defeats a strong player in a tournament. In the final of 32 of the German Football Association Cup (DFB Pokal) held on the 14th, a giant killing came out that surprised football fans. The collapsed’Giant’ is Bayern Munich, the symbol of German professional football. The warrior who defeated the giant was Holstein Kill of the Bundesliga 2 (Second Division), a team of Lee Jae-sung (29).
The match, which was held at Kiel-Holstein-Stadion, Germany, home of Holstein Kiel, was initially expected to have an overwhelming advantage for Munich, but it was completely unexpected. In the 14th minute of the first half, the match seemed to be over with Munich’s defeat when Munich led the lead with Sergio Nabri’s opening goal. However, in the 37th minute of the first half, Finn Bartels equalized and balanced 1-1.
In the second minute of the second half, Munich went ahead again with Munich’s Leroy Xane scoring a free kick. However, Kiel did not score any extra goals and maintained a single goal difference to save the last possibility, and eventually a dramatic equalizer came out. In the extra time in the second half, Johannes van Den Berg’s cross was headed by Hauke Val and the game went into extra time.
Both teams, who continued to play in a tired state amid snow and wind, couldn’t score in extra time, and the game ended up on a penalty shootout.
The penalty shootout was also unpredictable. Kiel goalkeeper Ioannis Gélios saved Munich’s sixth kicker Mark Roca’s shot, with the first five kickers of both teams tucked into the goal 5-5. Here, Kill’s 6th kicker Bartels shook the net, and the giant killing was completed.
Lee Jae-seong, who led the team as the front-line striker of Kiel throughout this season, also contributed to the cataclysmic event that day. Although he couldn’t raise the attack point, he started starting and played full-time 120 minutes until the game was over, and he actively walked the ground, which influenced the scores of his teammates.
As a result, Munich, which aimed to win their 21st title and lose 3 consecutively, will be sent off early this season from DFB Pokal. It is the first time that Munich has been eliminated from Fokal after being caught by the lower league team after losing the first to two in the quarter-finals against Alemania Aachen in 2003-2004.
‘Korean Derby’ was also completed in DFB Pokal with the victory of Kill on this day. Holstein Kiel met Darmstadt in the round of 16, and a confrontation between Lee Jae-sung and Baek Seung-ho (24) took place.
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