The Bayern Munich holder twice gave up a one-goal lead before escaping the German Cup 6-5 on penalties against second-place Holstein Kiel on Wednesday, following a 2-2 draw after extra time for the second round match.
Both teams converted all five kicks before Bayern’s Marc Roca had his effort saved and Fin Bartels scored in the winning penalty.
The Bavarians passed Serge Gnabry in the 14th minute and Thomas Muller should have doubled the lead by shooting over the bar at three meters.
The champions’ defense fled throughout the season with the most goals conceded after 15 league games since 1981, and Kiel struck on the break in the 37th minute when Bartels beat defender Niklas Sule in a sprint to mark.
Despite five changes to the squad which wasted a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Saturday, coach Hansi Flick’s Bayern continued to be vulnerable at the back.
Bayern took the lead again thanks to Leroy Sane’s curled free kick in the 48th minute, but offered several good chances for the hosts, who found ways to get past their opponents’ fragile bottom line.
Bayern, who won five titles in 2020 including the Champions League, hit the wood via Jamal Musiala before the hosts hit with Hauke Wahl’s last header to send the game into extra time.
Kiel, who will next face Darmstadt 98, kept their cool in the shootout to eliminate Bayern at this point in the German Cup for the first time since 2000.
“We lost to the underdogs and they did everything they could,” Muller said. “We had chances in the first half, but we made mistakes and Kiel punished us.
“They were very effective but we should have won the game. We went out and it’s bitter.”