'Shocked' Bayern Munich knocked out of German Cup by second division Kiel
Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick was "shocked" when the defending champions were eliminated from the German Cup on Wednesday after losing to Holstein Kiel. 2 after extension.
"It's a shock. We are hugely disappointed," Flick told Sky.
"It is all the more annoying that we received an equalizer that led to 2-2 in the last second (normal time). Congratulations to Kiel.
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"We have to leave it behind and do things better."
Bayern striker Thomas Müller said the defeat was "brutal".
This is the first time that Bayern have been kicked out of the cup by a non-Bundesliga club since they lost to Magdeburg in 2000/01.
After Bayern midfielder Marc Roca was the first player to miss his team's sixth penalty, Kiel's Fin Bartels turned the winning goal into wild celebrations.
The surprise means that this is the first time that European champions Bavaria have been eliminated from a cup competition since Flick took command in November 2019.
Thanks to goals from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, both sides of an excellent Bartels goal, Bayern were 2-1 ahead, before a header from Kiel captain Hauke Wahl in the 95th minute brought the game into overtime and then Penalty scored.
"Even if it sounds stupid after a cup defeat against an outsider from Kiel - luck was not on our side," said Müller.
"It is certainly not the best phase for Bayern," he added when the European champions suffered a 3-2 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach last Friday.
"Getting knocked out is brutal, we have to let that take effect first."
The German association gave Bayern permission to postpone the cup game from the end of December.
Bayern had an almost strong team, only striker Robert Lewandowski, who made a cameo in the second half, and center-back Jerome Boateng started on the bench.
Lewandowski's replacement Gnabry brought Bayern into the lead after just 14 minutes.
When Kiel goalkeeper Ioannis Gelios parried a header from Thomas Müller, it fell directly at the feet of German winger Gnabry, who knocked into an empty net.
After Kiel started second in the second division after five wins in a row in 2021, it caused nervous looks in the ranks of Bayern when 33-year-old Bartels put them on an equal footing.
The former Bremen veteran sprinted on a long ball, avoided the challenge of Bayern defender Bouna Sarr and shot past Manuel Neuer eight minutes before the break.
Just three minutes after the break, Sane restored the lead.
Sane skilfully rolled his free kick over the Kiel wall and out of reach of Gelios' glove.
When heavy snow began to fall, Kiel continued to pocket and was rewarded with an equalizer five minutes after extra time.
Sloppy defense on a corner as choice remained free in the area and the center-back shot his header into the far corner of the Bayern net to force extra time.
The European champions besieged the Kiel Gate to avoid penalties, but Gelios scored a number of saves.
For the past 16 years, Kiel will host the second division Darmstadt on February 2nd.
Bayer Leverkusen, who defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 in the postponed second round on Tuesday, is competing at Rot-Weiss Essen, the only fourth-class club.
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