Sensational Bochum sink Bayern Munich's battleship


Bochum came from a Robert Lewandowski goal down to stun leaders Bayern Munich 4-2 in one of the biggest Bundesliga shocks in living memory.

Bochum 4-2 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Lewandowski 9' (assist: Coman), 1-1 Antwi-Adjei 14' (assist: Holtmann), 2-1 Locadia (pen. 38'), 3-1 Gamboa 40' (assist: Osterhage), 4-1 Holtmann 41' (assist: Osterhage), 4-2 Lewandowski (72')

The writing appeared to be on the wall when Lewandowski controlled Kingsley Coman's knockdown and fired in on the turn after nine minutes, but Bochum hadn't read the script. Christopher Antwi-Adjei converted Gerrit Holtmann's inch-perfect cross to level, though the hosts did need a goal-line clearance from Cristian Gamboa to prevent Lewandowski restoring Bayern's advantage soon after. Bochum proceeded to run riot, with Jürgen Locadia scoring from the penalty spot after Dayot Upamecano was adjudged to have handled. Gamboa nutmegged Coman and smashed in an unstoppable third, before Holtmann curled in a sensational fourth towards the end of a wild first half.

The action showed no signs of abating after the restart as Patrick Osterhage and Antwi-Adjei had quick-fire efforts ruled out for offside. Bayern responded in kind as Lewandowski rounded Michael Esser, only to see his shot from a tight angle turned behind by Armel Bella-Kotchap. Bochum sat deeper and deeper as the half wore on, with their resistance breached in the 75th minute when Lewandowski volleyed in following a half-cleared Joshua Kimmich free-kick. Lewandowski fired against the crossbar with a set-piece of his own, but promoted Bochum held on for a famous win that takes them six points clear of the relegation play-off spot after 22 rounds of fixtures.

Match stats

  • Bochum beat Bayern in the Bundesliga for the first time since 14 February 2004.
  • Bayern conceded four first-half goals for the first time in the Bundesliga since 1975/76.
  • Holtmann has four goals and as many assists for the campaign.
  • Bayern hadn't lost away at a promoted club in 24 games going back to August 2010 (W23, D1).
  • The 16 goals Bochum have conceded over the last 15 games is the fewest in the league.
  • Lewandowski scored his 25th and 26th Bundesliga goals of the season. He had the same number of strikes at the same juncture in 2020/21, when he broke the single-season goals record (41).

Watch: Nagelsmann: "Bochum deserved to win"


Bochum: Esser - Gamboa (Stafylidis 72'), Bella-Kotchap, Leitsch, Soares - Osterhage, Losilla (c), Rexhbecaj (Masovic 89') - Antwi-Adjei (Asano 80'), Locadia (Polter 80'), Holtmann (Pantovic 80')
Unused subs: Ernst, Lampropoulos, Tesche, Bonga
Out: Blum (muscular), Riemann (not included), Zoller (knee)
Coach: Thomas Reis

Bayern: Ulreich – Pavard, Upamecano (Tolisso 46'), Süle, Hernandez - Kimmich - Gnabry, Müller (c) (Choupo-Moting 64'), Sane, Coman (Sabitzer 75') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Früchtl, Richards, Nianzou, Wanner, Roca, Tillman
Out: Davies (heart), Goretzka (knee), Musiala (not included), Neuer (knee), Stanisic (thigh)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Watch: Holtmann on "indescribable" win