DFB-Pokal holders Bayern Munich conceded a goal in the 95th minute to draw 2-2 with Holstein Kiel before being eliminated on penalties.
Bayern Munich were eliminated from DFB-Pokal on penalties by second-place Holstein Kiel after a 2-2 draw after extra time.
The Bavarian giants had reached the last 16 stages of each of the previous 19 seasons and lifted the cup in the last two of those, but were stunned by Kiel in Wednesday’s clash at the Holstein-Stadion.
Leroy Sane had Bayern set to earn a place in the next round with his sublime free-kick early in the second half after Fin Bartels called off Serge Gnabry’s close-range opener.
But Kiel skipper Hauke Wahl scored in the 95th minute to force injury time and Bayern, who brought star striker Robert Lewandowski with 74 minutes played, couldn’t find a third goal as the equality continued.
The first 10 penalties were successfully ruled out, but substitute Marc Roca was refused by Ioannis Gelios, allowing Bartels to convert and send the home side 6-5 on kicks, with Darmstadt in the Last 16.
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Gnabry was tasked with leading the line for Bayern and was awarded his sixth goal of the campaign by Gelios, who could only push Thomas Muller’s header into the lane of the makeshift striker – the allowed offside goal to stay due to the absence of VAR.
The same two players bonded again later in the half, but Muller lifted Gnabry’s knockdown over the bar from inside the six-yard box.
It turned out to be a big dud as Bartels chased Jannik Dehm’s single pass over the top, dodged Bayern cover defenders and calmly passed Manuel Neuer.
Bayern captain Neuer made his 410th competitive appearance for the club, putting him on par with Lothar Matthaus, and he was grateful that the offside flag rose a minute after that equalizer to deny Lee Jae-sung one second of rapid fire.
But the cup holders only needed 119 seconds of the second half to regain their lead as Sane lifted a sublime free kick over the 25-meter Kiel Wall and into the upper right corner of the net.
Alexander Muhling put a glorious chance on the crossbar almost instantly, but Bayern had their own chances to extend their advantage, Gelios doing well to come down and push Jamal Musiala’s shot to the post.
In an incredible late turn, Wahl guided Johannes van den Bergh’s left side delivery away from Neuer with the normal-time finishing touch to stun the German champions by forcing an extra 30 minutes.
Joshua Kimmich came closest to finding a winner in extra time with a shot that cut the crossbar, while Alphonso Davies had low effort saved as the game went the distance.
After Lewandowski, Kimmich, Muller, David Alaba and Douglas Costa found the net from 12 yards away, Roca was denied by Gelios and Bartels stepped up to score his penalty in one of the most famous moments in the history of the competition.