Fin Bartels (r.) scored the decisive penalty as Holstein Kiel knocked holders Bayern Munich out of the DFB Cup. - © Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Fin Bartels (r.) scored the decisive penalty as Holstein Kiel knocked holders Bayern Munich out of the DFB Cup. - © Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
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Holstein Kiel spring huge DFB Cup upset with shoot-out win over Bayern Munich

Veteran Fin Bartels netted the decisive penalty in sudden death as second division Holstein Kiel knocked holders Bayern Munich out of the DFB Cup in a dramatic second-round tie on Wednesday.

Holstein Kiel 2-2 Bayern Munich (6-5 pens.)

Goals: 0-1 Gnabry (14') 1-1 Bartels (37') 1-2 Sane (48') 2-2 Wahl (90+5')

Bayern had not been knocked out of the DFB Cup by a team outside the Bundesliga since 2004, and Hansi Flick's strong line-up — despite the presence of Robert Lewandowski on the bench at kick-off — suggested they had no desire to see that statistic change. Kiel, third in Bundesliga 2, predictably saw wave upon red-and-blue wave crash upon them in the opening half-hour. Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry all fired just wide — the latter got the opening goal, though, slotting into an empty net after Kiel goalkeeper Ioannis Gelios had palmed a Müller header against the Bayern forward. Kiel didn't threaten…until they scored when the Bayern back line misjudged Jannik Dehm's high ball forward and Bartels broke clear and equalised with a crisp drive beyond Manuel Neuer.

Bayern reclaimed the initiative quite brilliantly thanks to Leroy Sane's free-kick that arrowed into the top corner, but the 2019/20 treble winners never managed to add a third while Kiel threatened. The hosts' luck appeared to have run out when Hauke Wahl sent a looping header beyond Neuer with seconds left in normal time to take a shellshocked Bayern into extra-time. Despite Lewandowski having emerged from the bench, the European champions lacked a cutting edge, and when Marc Roca became the first player to miss with Bayern's sixth spot-kick, Bartels ensured Kiel capitalised to spring a huge surprise.

Bayern's players trudge off the pitch in Kiel after a surprise DFB Cup defeat. - Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Match stats

  • Holders Bayern had reached at least the semi-finals in their last 11 seasons in a row.
  • They hadn't been eliminated by lower-league opposition since 2003/04, when then Bundesliga 2 outfit Alemannia Aachen shaded their quarter-final tie 2-1.
  • It was only the second time ever Bayern had lost a DFB Cup tie to a non-top-flight side in a penalty shoot. They were defeated by third division Magdeburg in 2000.
  • Kiel were German champions in 1911/12, but have never played in the Bundesliga. This was their first competitive encounter with Bayern's first team.
  • Kiel veteran Bartels failed to score, assist or record a win in 12 competitive meetings with Bayern during his time at Werder Bremen.

Line-ups

Kiel: Gelios - Dehm, Wahl (c), Thesker (Komenda 80'), Van den Bergh - Meffert (Serra 84') - Porath (Hauptmann 74'), Mühling (Arslan 84'), Lee, Bartels - Mees (Reese 77')
Unused substitutes: Dähne, Kirkeskov, Neumann, Girth.
Out: Awuku (Achilles tendon), Komenda (stress fracture)
Coach: Ole Werner 

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Sarr (Pavard 85'), Süle, Hernandez, Davies - Kimmich, Tolisso (Alaba 106') - Gnabry (Roca 90+1'), Musiala (Lewandowski 74'), Sane (Costa 74') - Müller
Unused substitutes: Nübel, Martinez, Zirkzee, Boateng
Out:
Coman (muscular), Goretzka (knock), Nianzou (thigh), Choupo-Moting (knock)
Coach: Hansi Flick

As it happened

FULL-TIME KIEL 2-2 BAYERN (6-5 pens.)

Drama to the end in Kiel where it's the second-tier hosts who celebrate a major giant-killing. They'll play a home tie with another Bundesliga 2 side, Darmstadt, in the Last 16 in early February. Bayern, for once, will be watching from home.

KIEL PENALTY 6: BARTELS

It's the veteran, who's actually a year older than his coach, who has the responsibility....AND SCORES!! A massive shock in Kiel. Bayern are out and walk disconsolately back to the dressing room as Kiel celebrate in the snow. 6-5 in the shoot-out- Kiel didn't miss one.

BAYERN PENALTY 6: ROCA

SAVED! Gelios has been going close pretty much every time - and this time leaps to his left to push it out.

KIEL PENALTY 5: Hauptmann

And he holds his nerve too to force sudden death. Still 100 per cent from both sides.

BAYERN PENALTY 5: COSTA

The Brazilian sweeps that into the net as if he was in his back garden - lovely penalty. Bayern lead 5-4.

KIEL PENALTY 4: LEE

The South Korean has to return to the ball after the wind blows it off the spot...but he's nerveless, and sends Neuer the wrong way.

BAYERN PENALTY 4: ALABA

Gelios goes the right way again, but it's too good: 4-3 Bayern lead

KIEL PENALTY 3: SERRA

That was close, Neuer went the right way, but the ball squeezed in. 3-3

BAYERN PENALTY 3: MÜLLER

High to his left as Gelios goes the opposite way - Bayern ahead 3-2. No one's missed yet.

KIEL PENALTY 2: ARSLAN

Sends Neuer the wrong way - we're all square at 2-2.

BAYERN PENALTY 2: KIMMICH

And that's how to take a penalty - smashes it home, even though Gelios went the right way.

KIEL PENALTY 1: WAHL STEPS UP

And the Kiel captain beats Neuer emphatically.

BAYERN PENALTY 1: LEWANDOWSKI TO START

It's the holders' number 9...breathes out...and squeezes it past Gelios, who got a touch. Bayern ahead.

A huge roar from the Kiel squad and staff as they break from their huddle to head off to begin this penalty shoot-out...they have the daunting prospect of trying to find a way past Manuel Neuer.

120' AND IT'S PENALTIES...

Who'd have thought this tie would go to a shoot-out? But here we go.

119' 13TH TIME LUCKY

Kimmich to send over Bayern's 13th corner with seconds left before penalties...Kiel struggle to get it away, but they eventually do...it comes back at them in the shape of Pavard, and it's another corner.

117' WAHL BLOCK

The Kiel captain races out to block Costa's shot after the best move Bayern have put together in extra-time. But they still cannot find a way through this well-drilled home rearguard.

116' SHOOT-OUT OMEN?

Kiel were beaten by third division opponents in a penalty shoot-out at the same stage of the competition last season...could the Cup upset be the other way round this time?

114' DAVIES SLIPS...

And then makes amends thanks to his lightning pace that allows him to race back and nick the ball away from Bartels, who looked to have the whole Bayern half to run into.

110' GELIOS SAVES

Bayern have suddenly started to push - Davies charges forward and forces a save from the Kiel 'keeper, who then makes a clean catch in a crowd inside the six-yard box to relieve the pressure on Kiel.

109' AND JUST AS I SAY THAT...

Costa sends over a cross that drifts behind, but had the Brazilian found the unmarked Lewandowski at the near post - how does that happen, Kiel? - then he surely would have scored.

108' THIS COULD GO EITHER WAY

Bayern have not looked like scoring in extra-time, that half-chance for Kimmich aside. And Kiel have already shown they are capable of finding the net.

106' EXTRA-TIME 2ND HALF

We're back underway...and David Alaba is on for Bayern, Corentin Tolisso the man making way, so the Austria international will go into midfield.

105' EXTRA-TIME HALF-TIME

We've got 15 minutes left - and then it's penalties.

101' KIMMICH JUST OVER

Cross in from the right is brought down by Tolisso, back to goal, Kimmich is there and gets a shot away, but Lee half-blocks and the ball goes over the bar.

97' REESE'S CUP?

The Kiel substitute picks up the ball on the Bayern left, cuts inside and shoots...across the face of Neuer's goal. The Bayern captain watched that one all the way wide.

95' MÜLLER BRINGS THE BALL DOWN...

Inside the Kiel box, but can't tee up a teammate for a shot.

93' BAYERN SHELLSHOCKED?

The DFB Cup holders have not got back into the game since the restart - Kiel haven't produced anything either though as yet.

91' EXTRA-TIME 1ST HALF KICKS OFF

Here we go again - is there a massive shock on the cards?

90+3' THE WHISTLE SOUNDS...

We've got another 30 minutes to come in Kiel.

90+3' GOAL!! KIEL 2-2 BAYERN 

After a long spell of treatment for Kimmich, Kiel have the ball on the left...long ball into the box...it's off Wahl's shoulder...and loops into the far corner. Incredible!! Bayern pegged back with seconds to go, it's going to extra-time.

90' THREE MINUTES TO GO...

The fourth official holds up the board, the orange numbers showing 3 minutes added on...can Kiel get a leveller to force extra-time? It's not looked like it in the last 20 minutes, so it's unlikely.

87' CHANCE FOR BAYERN

Costa down the left...his ball is flicked into the path of Lewandowski, but the Poland striker's measured side foot shot isn't wide enough of Gelios, who's down low to his left to save.

85' PAVARD COMES ON

The FIFA World Cup winner steps onto the pitch in place of Bouna Sarr, and slots straight into his familiar right-back role.

83' LEWANDOWSKI STRIKES...

But his shot from the edge of the box is blocked...Gnabry has a go too...his effort gets through but Gelios is in the right place to gather.

82' BAYERN LOOKING COMFORTABLE

They've had a few scares in the second half, but Bayern have been in control for the last 10 minutes or so.

80' THESKER INJURED

And Komenda replaces him - looks like a groin injury for the Kiel defender.

77' DOUBLE CHANGE FOR KIEL

Hauptmann and Reese come on to freshen up the hosts' line-up.

74' LEWANDOWSKI ON

The Bundesliga's leading scorer comes off the bench along with Douglas Costa - Musiala and Sane the men replaced.

70' WEATHER UPDATE

The rain is mixed with snow now - not enough to threaten the game not being played to a finish, but it looks pretty chilly out there. Süle and Kimmich are playing in short sleeves...

69' MORE KIEL THREAT

Dehm's ball in from the right should have been cut out by Süle, but he misses it and is really lucky Mees - totally unmarked behind the Bayern defender and barely 10 yards from goal - was not expecting that. The ball bounces off the Kiel forward and loops gently into the hands of Neuer.

66' MUSIALA STRIKES

Musiala picks the ball up 25 yards from goal, shuffles it smartly onto his right foot and fires low - Gelios with a strong right hand to turn it behind for a corner. Nicely done from the Bayern youngster.

63' KIEL SUBS WARMING UP

The home side's subs, including forward Janni Serra, are warming up behind Gelios' goal - Ole Werner getting ready to make changes soon.

61' NEUER STEADY

Süle clips Van den Bergh to give Kiel a free-kick in a similar position to the one from which Sane scored...Dehm smashes a curling shot goal wards, but it's going to take a lot more than that to beat Neuer, who gathers cleanly.

59' THIS ISN'T OVER...

Kiel have shown that they are capable of creating chances - if Bayern want to enjoy the remaining 30-odd minutes of this one, another goal or two would be the order of the evening.

55' KIEL DANGER

Musiala gives the ball away cheaply and Lee breaks...menacing ball into the box and that is a fabulous bit of defending from Lucas Hernandez, who lunges in to prevent the ball from reaching Mees.

53' BAYERN BLITZ

A Kiel free-kick into the Bayern box is dealt with and Bayern break - Sane dummies it to leave it for Davies who charges up the left, Sane is sprinting forward too...Davies plays in Gnabry, but Porath has tracked back at top speed to concede a corner. That was so quick from one end of the pitch to the other.

52' SANE STUNNER

That really was a fabulous goal from Sane, but Van den Bergh will be kicking himself for giving away that free-kick - Musiala was running towards the touchline, not towards goal, and the Kiel defender didn't need to dive in.

49' CHANCE FOR KIEL

A diagonal ball left to right finds Mühling unmarked just inside the Bayern box...great chance to equalise...wasted! The ball flies well over the bar...Neuer not called upon at all. A warning for Bayern though.

47' GOAL!! KIEL 1-2 BAYERN

Van den Bergh catches Musiala...free-kick five yards outside the penalty area, right of centre, tailor-made for Sane's left foot...Kimmich is there too...Sane wins the argument though...and is proved spectacularly right as the ball arrows into the top corner! What a strike! Unsaveable! And Bayern are in front.

46' 2ND HALF KICKS OFF

We're underway again in Kiel - no changes on either side.

45' HALF-TIME: KIEL 1-1 BAYERN

After almost total domination for 30 minutes, Bayern have found themselves in a real cup tie in the closing quarter-hour of the first half. They should have scored more than once, and paid for it. Hansi Flick does not look a happy man in the technical area.

44' KIMMICH FLIGHTS A FREE-KICK...

Deep into the Kiel penalty area, Tolisso tries to touch it across to Müller who surely would have scored but Kiel manage to get in the way and clear.

42' DAVIES BURSTS FORWARD

The Canada international hares to the byline and then cuts back to deliver a ball into the penalty area that Kiel can clear...great run from Davies, but a little hasty with his pass.

39' MÜLLER SO CLOSE

The veteran spins and sends a curling effort just wide...this game has really burst into a contest now.

38' AND KIEL IN FRONT...FLAG'S UP

Lee bursts through and produces a similar finish to Bartels only on the opposite side, but the flag on the near side is up to leave the South Korean frustrated.

37' GOAL! KIEL 1-1 BAYERN 

A long ball forward from the right side by Dehm goes over the head of Süle and Bartels is through...Sarr is racing back...but can't get there before Bartels fires hard and low past Neuer. Kiel are level. Where did that come from?

35' MÜLLER HORROR MISS

Mees wrestles Sarr to the ground wide right..Bayern free-kick...Kimmich swings it in...bounces down for Müller on the edge of the six-yard box...who sinks to his knees with his head in his hands as the ball sails over the bar. The ball bounced a little high, but that is one he - and everyone else - would have expected him to put in.

32' KIMMICH PULLING THE STRINGS

The Bayern midfielder's distribution from deep is something to behold...having said that, he hasn't quite managed to play Davies in behind just yet, but there have been a couple of occasions when Kiel were at full stretch to cut that ball out.

31' ANOTHER CLASSIC MÜLLER TOUCH

Deep in the Kiel box, Bayern's iconic number 25 flicks the ball back to the onrushing Bouna Sarr, who goes down in the box - the summer arrival from Marseille just caught his feet in the pitch, no foul.

30' HALF-AN-HOUR GONE

And Bayern have the lead and have looked comfortable enough, but they surely would have liked - and have probably deserved - another goal.

26' GNABRY STRIKES...

Müller touches the ball into the path of Gnabry, who sends a low first-time shot fizzing goalwards...and just past the post. And that came within a whisker of making it two.

23' BAYERN STILL DOMINATING

But there isn't too much end product as yet from the champions. On the other hand, they've not looked in danger at the other end.

20' COLD, ULI?

Uli Hoeness is in the stands tonight as usual, and has found an additional use for his facemask - it's covering virtually his entire face as he tries to also keep warm on a very chilly night in northern Germany.

18' DAVIES SLIPS...

And the ball finds its way to Mühling in a promising position just outside the Bayern box, but Davies recovers in the only way he knows how: breathtakingly quickly.

16' A QUESTION MARK...

Over Gnabry's goal - the former Arsenal and Werder Bremen man looked offside when Müller headed down, but there is no VAR tonight. If there had been, it probably wouldn't have stood.

14' GOAL! KIEL 0-1 BAYERN

A diagonal ball into the hosts' penalty area is headed down by Müller - Gelios leaps to his left and pushes it...onto the leg of Gnabry, who can slot the ball into the empty net. First opportunity for Bayern, and - with literally a helping hand from the Kiel goalkeeper - it's the first goal.

13' DAVIES STEPS IN

Dangerous ball into the Bayern area...but Davies steps in in front of Fin Bartels to deal with the problem.

10' SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Well, not really...Bayern dominating possession and would only be camping out more in the Kiel half if they set up tents and roast marshmallows over an open fire.

8' KIMMICH MEASURES ONE...

Just wide of the target - side foot effort from the Germany international master of all trades, who puts his hands to his head. He knows that was a good chance.

5' AN UPSET? NOT LIKELY

Not since 2004 have Bayern been knocked out of the DFB Cup by a team outside the Bundesliga.

4' THE BAYERN SET-UP

Looks like Bayern have a really fluid front four with Gnabry, Musiala, Sane and Müller popping up all over the final third...

2' SAFE HANDS FROM YOU KNOW WHO

Neuer makes a clean catch in a crowd to an up-and-under cross that might have caused a bit of trouble.

1' 1ST HALF KICKS OFF

It's Bayern, in their Pharrell Williams-designed 90s throwback kit, who get us underway in far northern Germany.

KIEL THREAT

The northerners have never played in the German top flight, but they've been showing that sort of form this season. They had gone eight league matches unbeaten, including five successive victories, before going winless in their last two. Perhaps they were saving themselves up for this one?

NO GORETZKA

The former Schalke midfielder suffered a blow to a calf in training ahead of the game, and so sits this one out.

BAYERN TEAM NEWS

Serge Gnabry is back after a shin injury, but Robert Lewandowski starts on the bench - let's see who leads the visitors' line tonight. Lucas Hernandez is also back in the starting XI, but he'll play centre-back alongside Niklas Süle with Alphonso Davies keeping his place at left-back.

WELCOME!

The pitch in Kiel getting a serious watering ahead of this tie which sees Bayern Munich, last season's treble winners, against Holstein Kiel, third in Bundesliga 2 and hoping to be playing Hansi Flick's men at least twice next season.