A bad week just got a whole lot worse
Bayern Munich’s weekend got off to a bad start last Friday night when they unexpectedly lost 3-2 away at Borussia Mönchengladbach, their old rival from the 1970s. The second game after the winter break saw the champions looking hesitant and lacking much in the way of incisiveness. To make things worse they committed several defensive errors, gifting Gladbach two of their goals. However Bayern had a midweek cup tie against second division Holstein Kiel to look forward to before resuming Bundesliga action at home on Sunday. Despite last weekend’s defeat Munich remained top of the Bundesliga, so last night should have been an exercise in recovering their confidence. It turned out to be anything but. Kiel are playing well in the Bundesliga 2 but no one expected what transpired in the Holstein Stadion. The hero of the night was Kiel’s veteran Fin Bartels. Back playing for the club he had represented as a junior, after a career with several Bundesliga clubs, he scored the goal that made it 1-1. After going behind early in the second half, Kiel left it til the last possible minute to equalise and force extra time. After a further 30 minutes of stalemate then tie went to penalties. Neither side missed a kick as it got to 5-5. At that point Munich’s Marc Rota missed the first spot kick of the evening. Up stepped Bartels who calmly converted his penalty to decide the tie and send not just Kiel and Schleswig-Holstein crazy, but the rest of Germany too. Possibly the greatest cup upset of all time had just taken place.