Bayern Munich left the German Cup early after losing suddenly, on Wednesday, at the hands of its host Holstein Kiel on penalties 6-5.
Bayern came out at the hands of Holstein Kiel, who is active in the second division, after tying 2-2 in normal and overtime, as the Bavarian team failed to defend its crowned title last season.
For the first time since the 2003-2004 season, Bayern is eliminated from the Cup at the hands of a team in the lowest degrees, and lost to the same teams on penalties for the second time in its history in the tournament.
German coach Hans Flick did not want to risk a backup lineup, relying on a formidable group of starters from the start.
The match saw the participation of veteran German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the starting line-up, as his coach Flick preferred not to push young goalkeeper Alexander Noble despite the weakness of the opponent.
Thus, Neuer was equal with his compatriot Lothar Matthews, the legend of the Bavarian club, by participating in 410 matches in the team’s jersey in all championships.
Bayern managed to surprise the owners of the land with a goal about a quarter of an hour after the start of the match, scored by German winger Sergei Gnabry.
Keel was able to equal the result in the 37th minute through Finn Bartles, before Leroy Sane scored the visitors’ second goal, just two minutes after the start of the second half.
The match was on its way to ending with the victory of Bayern, but the owners of the land managed to equalize the result with a deadly goal in the 95th minute through Hawkeye and Wahl’s header, so the two teams went to extra games. For the first time in more than 12 years, Bayern are forced to play additional games against a team of lower degrees.
Bayern failed to resolve the match with the two additional halves, so the two teams ruled for penalties, which smiled at Holstein after his goalkeeper responded to a kick by Mark Roca before Finn Bartles scored the decisive kick and won 6-5.