In latest football match news, FC Bayern Munich might have been inflicted one of the biggest upsets this season in German football, as third-tier club Saarbrucken sends them packing on the dying minutes of the game, as the serial Bundesliga champions got strangled at the business end of the game, once again. Although Mueller had scored the opener, it was not destined for Tuchel’s team to get to the next round.
FC Saarbrucken- a surprise package
Football, as people say, is one of the craziest sports in the world. One moment a team is the best in the world, the next moment, they are getting knocked out of the tournament by a side, which might will never face them again in the future.
One similar instance happened for the reigning German champions Bayern Munich last night, as they have surprisingly knocked out of the DFB Pokal by third-tier club FC Saarbrucken 1-2, owing to some last minute magic by Marcel Gaus.
In one of the easiest matches of the season, Tuchel wanted to go for some difference in his playing eleven, thus opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mueller, Sane and Tel assisting their lone forward Choupo-Moting.
Midfield boasted of a swift mixture of experience and youth, having Kratzig and Kimmich, as the defensive guard comprised Sarr, De Ligt, Davies and Min-Jae. Harry Kane, Musiala and Gnabry were among the substitutes, waiting to be used by Tuchel in due time.
In an otherwise strong-looking side, Mueller gave them the hope of a routine victory after he drew the first blood, from youngster Kratzig, thus Tuchel’s side looking well on course for an ominous victory, and advance to the next stage. Little did they knew what was in store for them in the next few minutes.
Equalizer in the first half
FC Saarbrucken, the lesser-known club who had got the opportunity to play against the German heavyweights, grew in confidence after their equalizer in the first half. Lukas Boeder was instrumental for the goal after the hero from Bayern’s goal Kratzig was forced into a mistake. Sontheimer was the player who eked out the first goal by tapping in Boeder’s assist, thus etching his name in the record books. With the score tied at 1-1 with 45 minutes remaining on the block, the match was poised for a climactic finish.
With several chances coming for the German champions, they were unable to make fruitful use of them. With a winner in sight, Tuchel introduced Musiala, Coman and Gnabry on the field, but Harry Kane was an unused sub, as the former Chelsea manager might be keeping Kane’s fitness in check with the German classic coming up in the weekend, as they will be travelling to Dortmund for the historic Der Klassiker.
But, it was Marcel Gaus who had the last laugh, after he fired home the last-minute winner, with 96 minutes on clock, thus scripting a famous win against the heavyweights. It was third time in four years that Bayern have been knocked put of the German Cup, although reigning supreme in the Bundesliga, winning it eleven times in last eleven seasons.
Kane was seen warming up for the extra-time in case the match went that far, before left-back Gaus producing a memorable moment in the history of Saarbrucken, which will go down as one of the memorable victories in their records, as Bayern prepares for a tough challenge away at Dortmund, on Saturday.
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