‘Giant Killing’ is a soccer term used when a catastrophe occurs when a weak team in the lower league defeats a strong player in a single game. Giant killing came out in the final of 32 at the German Football Association Cup (DFB Pokal) held on the 14th. 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 game, which was held at Kiel-Holsteinstein, Germany, the home of Holstein Kiel, was initially expected to have an overwhelming advantage over Munich, but it was unexpectedly unfolded. 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.
Munich moved ahead again in the second minute of the second half with Leroy Zane’s free kick. However, Kiel didn’t score an extra goal and made use of the last possibility, resulting in a dramatic equalizer. 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 the game, exhausted in a blizzard, couldn’t score in extra time, and the game went to a penalty shootout.
The penalty shootout was also unpredictable. With the first five kickers scoring and 5-5 on both sides, Munich’s 6th kicker Mark Rocca’s shot was saved by Kiel’s goalkeeper Ioannis Gelios. After that, 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 his attacking point, he started playing and played full time for 120 minutes, actively walking the ground, which influenced the scoring of his colleagues. As the fourth kicker in the penalty shootout, he scored a clean goal against Manuel Neuer, who is considered the best goalkeeper in the world.
As a result, Munich, who was aiming for their 21st win and 3 consecutive losses, was sent off early this season from DFB Pokal. It is the first time Munich has been caught by the lower league team in Focal after a 1-2 defeat in the quarterfinals against Alemania Aachen in the 2003-2004 season. ‘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.
Reporter Pilwoong Seo
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