Muller blames bad luck for Bayern’s cup exit to second tier side Holstein Kiel

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Bayern sunk by Holstein Kiel

An extraordinary night in northern Germany was witnessed as second tier side Holstein Kiel knocked out Bayern Munich from the German cup for the first time ever. In fact, it was the first meeting between the two clubs meaning that Holstein Kiel are unbeaten in their history against the German and European champions.

The game looked as if it was going to be a routine victory for Bayern after Serge Gnabry gave Bayern the lead after a terrible goalkeeping mistake. However Fin Bartels’ great run and strike equalised for the home side.

It was then the turn of Leroy Sane to convert an exquisite free-kick, from the right-hand side, curling past the keepers fingertips and into the top-right corner. That goal puts the German champions into the driving seat and the game was heading towards a victory for Hansi Flick but a 95th minute equaliser from Hauke Wahl took it to extra time.

The added period provided no chances for either side to take the win and so the dreaded penalty shootout followed with all the players converting up until Spanish signing Marc Roca stepped up and had his strike saved by Ioannis Gelios.

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Flick defends Roca as Muller blames bad luck

Since signing from Espanyol at the beginning of the season, Marc Roca has not enjoyed the best of starts having been sent off on his debut in the Champions League and now missing the penalty to knock Bayern out of the German cup.

However, head coach Hansi flick has defended the Spaniard and has backed his midfielder to continue developing and improving.

“It’s surprising, that’s what the cup is like. Kiel defended well, their keeper turned in an outstanding performance. It just happens in penalty shoot-outs, I don’t blame Roca,” said Flick.

He went on to describe his surprise at the result further and said that they would bounce back in the coming weeks and months.

“It’s a shock of course. We’re very disappointed, we wanted to defend the treble. Taken altogether it was down to details, the team showed great spirit,” Flick said.

“We were dominant, which was our aim. It’s very annoying that we conceded the equaliser in the last second. We must congratulate Kiel, they made it a real cup fight, they were completely committed.

MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 15: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Hansi Flick of Bayern Muenchen gestures during the DFB Cup first round match between 1. FC Dueren and FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on October 15, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 15: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Hansi Flick of Bayern Muenchen gestures during the DFB Cup first round match between 1. FC Dueren and FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on October 15, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

“We must put it behind us and improve. We must be more compact at the back. We must apply more pressure and be more solid when it comes to balls over the top.”

Bayern stalwart Thomas Muller suggested that his side experienced a spate of bad luck for out the game as the cause for their defeat.

“At the end of the day we lost against the underdogs from Kiel,” he said. “It may sound silly after such a defeat but lady luck wasn’t really on our side today.”

Bayern will need to to put their defeat behind them as they face Freiburg at the weekend looking to continue their run at the top of the table.

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Source: 101greatgoals.com