Bayern Munich, the reigning champions of the Bundesliga, suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat against third-tier team Saarbrücken in the second round of the German Cup. The loss came from a last-minute goal by Saarbrücken.
Marcel Gaus scored the decisive goal for the home team in the late stages of the second half, causing ecstatic celebrations from the cheering crowd. The Bayern players were left stunned as they watched their opponents come from behind to win. Bayern, who last won the championship in 2020, initially took the lead with a goal from Thomas Müller, but Saarbrücken equalized just before halftime.
Müller expressed disappointment at his team’s defeat, as they now have to face rival Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday. He stated that being eliminated in the second round of the Cup for the third time is not their goal. Despite this, he congratulated Saarbrücken for their determination and acknowledged that luck also plays a role in the game. The final blow came in the 96th minute after missing several chances earlier in the match.
The coach of Bayern, Thomas Tuchel, made numerous alterations to the lineup from their dominant 8-0 victory against Darmstadt on Saturday. This included the decision to have their leading goal scorer, Harry Kane, on the bench, as well as Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala.
The match was in jeopardy due to intense rainfall, but it was the home team who posed a challenge for Bayern in the beginning. However, the visitors were able to score first with their initial opportunity, thanks to 20-year-old Frans Krätzig’s assist to Müller in the 15th minute. Bayern also had to substitute defender Matthias de Ligt in the first half due to a knee injury sustained by the Dutch player.
Before the break, Bayern’s situation worsened when Kim Min-jae’s pass was intercepted, allowing Patrick Sontheimer to score from close range. The team struggled to capitalize on opportunities and ultimately suffered when the opposing team launched a swift counterattack. A cross from the right side of the field passed through the entire box, evading three Bayern players, before Gaus scored the winning goal with a left-footed shot in the sixth minute of added time.
In the Copa del Rey match against Tardienta, Mason Greenwood of Getafe managed to score two goals, contributing to their crushing 12-0 victory over the sixth-tier team in Spain.
The player on loan from Manchester United scored from close range in the 15th minute and then fired a shot past the goalkeeper from within the area early in the second half.
Greenwood was replaced shortly after scoring his second goal, bringing his total to three goals in eight games since he joined the Spanish team in September.