When the Holstein Kiel players celebrated in the sleet after their sensational coup, the stars of FC Bayern Munich trotted down into the dressing room after the DFB Cup disgrace.
After a mediocre performance, they were eliminated from the DFB Cup on Wednesday evening on penalties at the outstanding second division soccer team. Kiel’s Finn Bartels converted the decisive penalty against national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Munich’s Marc Roca had previously failed due to Holstein keeper Ioannis Gelios.
For Munich it was the first out of the DFB-Pokal in the second round in over 20 years and the first against a lower class team in 17 years. “Of course it’s a shock, we are of course enormously disappointed,” said coach Hansi Flick on the “ARD”.
“It’s an extraordinary experience. It’s something that you will remember for many years,” said Holstein’s trainer Ole Werner on the TV channel “Sky”. “We always believed that we could create the surprise here,” added match winner Bartels on “ARD”. In the round of 16, the Kiel team will meet their league rivals Darmstadt 98 in early February.
No “Larifari attitude” at Bayern
After 90 minutes and extra time it was 2: 2 (1: 1). Serge Gnabry (14th) from offside position and Leroy Sané (48th) with a free kick had put the record winner in the front twice. The more than equal Kielers managed to equalize seconds before the final whistle through Fin Bartels (37th) and captain Hauke Wahl.
The star ensemble from Munich had more trouble in the sleet against the second division third than they would have liked. Again and again, the outsider from the far north uncovered the weaknesses in the defensive defense of the German record champions. “We cannot be accused of having given up the game with any Larifari attitude,” said Thomas Müller, defending himself against criticism of a lack of attitude.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick relied on rotation in Kiel. He changed his starting eleven to five positions compared to the 2: 3 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. Among other things, he left world footballer and goalscorer Robert Lewandowski and defense chief David Alaba initially on the bench. But Gnabry moved back to the attack center after his tibia bruise. Midfielder Leon Goretzka had given up on the trip to the north after a blow on the calf.
Despite the changes, the guests had more play from the start. But too often they lacked the ideas for clear scoring chances against the stable defense of Kiel. The tour was therefore surprising – and with luck. Holstein keeper Gelios unluckily maneuvered the ball to Gnabry (14th) after a header from Thomas Müller. However, the striker was offside when he hit. Referee Robert Schröder recognized the goal. Video evidence is not provided in the 2nd round of the DFB Cup.
“I am very proud of the team”
The Kiel team, who were excellent by coach Werner, was not impressed by the deficit. They tried to counter it with playful means. Müller (35th) had a good chance to increase before the break. But two minutes later, after a long pass from Jannik Dehm, Bartels left the incomplete Bayern coverage and national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer no chance. “I’m very proud of the team,” said Kiel’s Vice President Wolfgang Schwenke during the break on the TV channel “Sky”.
The second half started with a setback for the hosts: Sané hit a free kick from 20 meters to take the lead again. But this time too, the Kielers were not discouraged and regularly embarrassed the Bayern defense. Alexander Mühling missed the chance to equalize just two minutes after falling behind.
There was no sign of a class difference. Only Jamal Musiala (67th) checked Kiel’s goalkeeper Gelios, who steered the ball against the post. Otherwise, the outsider determined what happened in the sleet. After 74 minutes, Bayern coach Flick reacted and brought Lewandowski, among other goalscorer. The Kielers did not let up and rewarded themselves in stoppage time with the goal of Wahl.
In extra time, the favorite from the south became more dominant, but failed because of the self-sacrificing Kielers and goalkeeper Gelios. The decision had to be made on penalties.
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