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Bayern Munich DFB-Pokal’s surprising loss to Holstein Kiel left Hansi Flick “very disappointed”, but the head coach insisted that the German and European champions must move on.
DFB-Pokal champions Bayern fell sensationally in the second round on Wednesday, stunned 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw against second-division Kiel after extra time.
A draw in the 95th minute frustrated Bayern, who were on the brink of the round of 16 thanks to a sublime free-kick by Leroy Sané at the Holstein-Stadion, where Fin Bartels disallowed Serge Gnabry’s first goal.
After Ioannis Gelios turned down Bayern replacement Marc Roca, Bartels stepped forward to complete the remarkable surprise: the Bundesliga and Champions League champions were defeated in a penalty shoot-out against a lower-level team in the DFB-Pokal for the second time after 2000.
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“It is a shock, of course. We are very disappointed, we wanted to defend the treble. On the whole, it came down to the details, the team showed great spirit, “said Flick.
“We were dominant, which was our goal. It is very annoying that we conceded the tie in the last second. We must congratulate Kiel, they had a real cup fight, they were fully engaged. We must leave it behind and improve.
“We must be more compact from behind. We must apply more pressure and be more solid when it comes to balls on top.
“It’s surprising, that’s how the cup is. Kiel defended himself well, his goalkeeper put in an outstanding performance. It just happens in the penalty shootout, I don’t blame Roca ”.
For the first time in more than 12 years, Bayern were forced into extra time against a lower-level team in DFB-Pokal after Kiel captain Hauke Wahl struck death.
Bayern star Thomas Muller added: “At the end of the day, we lost to the losers in Kiel. It may seem silly after such a defeat, but luck was not really on our side today.
“We had a very good feeling in the first half and we played decently. We had good chances, we combined well, we enjoyed the ball more. Kiel gave it his all. It was certainly a good performance from his point of view.
“It was not a surprise what was coming from the beginning. We made mistakes when it came to the details and Kiel was quite clinical, as they were in the shooting. “