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Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick was “shocked” as the holders crashed out of the German Cup on Wednesday after beating Holstein Kiel in the second tier, who claimed a 6-5 nail-biting penalty shoot-out as the second round tie ended after extra time 2-2.

“That’s a shock. We’re hugely disappointed,’ Flick told Sky.

That’s all the more annoying that we conceded an equalizer that made
it 2-2 in the last second of the second (of normal time). Kiel’s congratulations.

“We’ve got to put it behind us and do better with things.”

Bayern forward Thomas Mueller said that “brutal” was the defeat.

This is the first time that a non-Bundesliga team has knocked Bayern
out of the cup since losing to the then fourth-tier Magdeburg in 2000/01.

Kiel’s Fin Bartels converted the winning spot-kick to spark wild celebrations after Bayern midfielder Marc Roca was the first man to miss his team’s sixth penalty.

The shock means this is the first time since Flick took over in
November 2019 that European champions Bayern have been disqualified from a cup competition.

Bayern was 2-1 up thanks to goals by Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, either side of a superb Bartels strike, before a last-gasp header by Kiel captain Hauke Wahl on 95 minutes took the game to extra time, then penalties.

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“Even if it sounds stupid after a cup defeat against an underdog from Kiel – luck wasn’t on our side,” said Mueller.

“It’s certainly not FC Bayern’s best phase,” he added as the European champions also crashed to a 3-2 league defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach last Friday.

“Being knocked out is brutal, we have to let that sink in first.”

The German FA gave Bayern permission to postpone the cup tie from late December.

Bayern fielded a near-full strength side with only top-scoring striker Robert Lewandowski, who made a second-half cameo, and centre-back Jerome Boateng started on the bench.

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