Amid the entire news of Wednesday, you’d be forgive for not knowing that Bayern Munich had a DFB-Pokal match against second-division club Holstein Kiel. It’s the type of match up where one glance at who’s facing whom in a domestic cup like this would immediately give any informal fan a picture of how things were probably going to shake out.
But the expected isn’t what happened Wednesday. Instead, Bayern was once stunned in one of the vital biggest upsets of the soccer season. Up one goal in the dying embers of injury time — only three minutes were allotted but the game had reached the 95th minute of playing time — all Bayern needed to do was once stop a late Holstein push to take the win and move on to the third round of the competition.
It gave the impression of they were going to pull it off and then Johannes van den Bergh whipped in a beautiful cross to an unmarked Hauke Wahl in the box, who lobbed his header into the far corner of the net where Manuel Neuer was once unable to receive to it. Have a look:
It’s the wonderful thing about cup ties distilled into one play: a team that is not on the same level as their opponent is in a position to get a last-gasp goal against arguably the most productive team in Europe to force additional time. But they did not stop there.
Not only did Holstein Kiel, who currently play in Bundesliga 2, force additional time, they forced penalties as mannered. And not only did they force penalties, they straight up whip Bayern at that stage too, beating the reigning Champions League winners, 6-5, in the shootout.
Bayern Munich has won the DFB-Pokal 20 times in the competition’s history, including in either one of the final two seasons. They’ll not be lifting that trophy in 2021, then again.